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Health Officials urge the public to consider all care options this June Bank Holiday Weekend

With the June Bank Holiday weekend approaching, Health Services in the West are asking people to consider all care options before presenting at Emergency Departments.

Bank holiday weekends and extended good weather usually bring additional pressure on the hospital system and the National Ambulance Service.

Donation to Cardiology Department, Portiuncula University Hospital

Joanna Mitchell from Loughrea in County Galway recently donated a cheque for €1,540 to the Cardiology Department at Portiuncula University Hospital.  Joanna ran the Great Limerick Run half marathon and raised funds for the Cardiology Department through a Go Fund Me fundraiser.

HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS) expands service designed to reduce unnecessary ED attendances for older people to Galway

Today (Monday, 29 May 2023), a HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS) led service called Pathfinder, designed to safely keep older people who phone 112/999 in their own home rather than taking them to a hospital emergency department, goes live in Galway.

Saolta Group launch ‘Thinking of You Memory Boxes for Organ Donors’ on Organ Donation Awareness Week

For Organ Donation Awareness Week (20-27 May) the Saolta University Health Care Group officially launched the ‘Thinking of You Memory Boxes for Organ Donors’ an award-winning Hospice Friendly Hospitals initiative.

Celebrating our incredible nursing mentors on International Day of the Nurse

Saolta University Health Care Group is celebrating International Day of the Nurse today and recognising the contribution of our nursing mentors in supporting new colleagues.

The Saolta Preceptor Recognition Awards is an initiative to publicly acknowledge and thank the nurses who made such a huge impact on our new recruits.

Mayo University Hospital is extremely busy today with long wait times at the Emergency Department

Mayo University Hospital is under significant pressure today (Tuesday 9 May). Yesterday, over 170 patients attended the Emergency Department which is a 30% higher attendance rate than average. The high level of admissions is leading to long waiting times in the ED and the hospital apologises to patients and their families for the upset these delays are causing.

Letterkenny University Hospital is extremely busy today

The Emergency Department (ED) at Letterkenny University Hospital has been extremely busy over the past few days with high numbers of people attending. Yesterday saw 195 attendances at the Emergency Department with 186 attending on Tuesday, May 2nd.

Specialist Nurses Shine the Spotlight on Heart Failure Awareness

European Heart Failure Awareness Week occurs between 01 to 07 May. “Let’s Bump up the Pump” is a new campaign devised by the Irish Association of Heart Failure Nurses (IAHFN) to raise awareness around heart failure, with a focus on prevention, early detection and also to provide education around how to live well with this condition.

Patients and Staff in Irish hospitals receive a ‘Menu of Poems’ for Poetry Day Ireland

Poet Theo Dorgan selects ‘Menu of Poems’ for patients and staff of Irish hospitals for Poetry Day Ireland 

To celebrate Poetry Day Ireland today (Thursday 27 April 2023), a Menu of Poems was distributed throughout Irish hospital wards, waiting rooms and other healthcare settings for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy. The poetry was selected by Poet Theo Dorgan.

Letterkenny University Hospital welcomes publication of HIQA report following inspection

Letterkenny University Hospital welcomes the publication by Health Information Quality Authority (HIQA) of its report into its inspection of three areas at Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH). An announced inspection was carried out at the hospital on the 16th and 17th of November 2022. The areas assessed were the Emergency Department, Medical 2 Ward and the Gynaecology Ward.