Health

  • The number of patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital today has halved since yesterday, according to the latest figures from the INMO.

    There were 31 patients on trolleys at the Castlebar hospital yesterday - the highest number in the Western region.

    Today's Trolley Watch reports 16 patients on trolleys at both Mayo and Sligo University Hospitals, with 8 at UHG.

    Nationally, there are 469 patients waiting for a hospital bed this lunchtime - down from 505 yesterday.

    Meanwhile, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation are meeting with the HSE this afternoon to try and avert strike action.

    It's the latest attempt for both sides to reach agreement in the row over pay and recruitment.

    Nurses and midwives are due to stage the first of 6 strikes next Wednesday 30th January.

  • A new report shows cases of a deadly hospital superbug are escalating, despite a major drive to reduce infections on wards.

    New figures show there were 536 patients found to have the CPE bug last year, compared to 433 in 2017.

    A report from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre shows Tallaght hospital was worst hit with 78 cases last year, followed by Galway University Hospitals where 56 patients contracted the superbug, with 31 patients affected at Sligo University Hospital.

    CPE lives harmlessly in the gut but can be dangerous if it gets into the bloodstream - more than half of  patients who develop infections with CPE die directly or indirectly as a result.

    It poses a particular risk to people with weakened immune systems and the elderly and it was declared a public health emergency in October 2017.

  • Every month our regular pharmacist James Molloy joins us to chat about all things health and well being on the #MidMorningShow with Paul Claffey and Gerry Glennon. Be sure to check out James' insights, tips and helpful advice, through video and audio, here each month.

    For all your healthcare needs check out the Molloys Pharmacy website here 

    SEPTEMBER 2018

    Listen back to John's story as we discussed prostate cancer.

     

    AUGUST 2018

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    June 2018 

    Don't forget sunscreen, dry needling for sciatica, dealing with diabetes and much much more, liste back to James' advice now.

     

    May 2018

    This month James looked at a variety of subjects from acne to constipation and the difference between sunblock and sun-cream. You can listen back on Soundcloud as well. 

     Check out this link for more on the Benevits Multi Fibre Plus which James mentioned in connection with constipation relief.

     April 2018

    Listen back to our chat with James Molloy this month on the #MidMorningShow where he was joined by Jeanette Ryan to tell us about the importance of a vigorous skincare regime, and answered listener's questions on a variety of skin related issues.

    Check out MolloysPharmacy,com for more

  • Hospital appointments and elective surgical procedures will be cancelled at hospitals across the West next week, due to the planned strike action by nurses next Wednesday.

    The Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation has outlined plans for a number of strike days over the coming weeks, the first of which takes place on 30th January.

    Following a query from Midwest News, the Saolta Hospital group - which operates hospitals in the West & Northwest region - confirmed that they're currently identifying patients whose appointments or procedures are due to take place next Wednesday.

    Over the coming days, these patients will be contacted to advise them of the postponement of their appointment for elective surgery, out-patient clinics and day services.

    The Saolta hospital group says next Wednesday's impending industrial action will have a significant impact on all services across every hospital in the group.

     

     

     

  • The HSE has today approved the drug Spinraza for children with SMA -Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

    Following a long campaign to have the drug approved, the HSE has given the green light this afternoon.

    Two children from the south Mayo region - Grace O'Malley and Cillian Mearns - are among those suffering with SMA, and the decision to grant funding for the life-changing drug has  received cross-party welcome by local politicians.

     

     

  • The HSE's Capital Spending Plan for the next three years has been published today.

    The plan covers 2019 to 2021, at a cost of over €2 billion.

    The publication of the HSE's Capital Plan was delayed as a result of the over-run in the cost of the new National Children's Hospital, however, it's understood no projects face cancellation or delays, despite the over-run.

    In Mayo, funding is being provided for additional bed capacity at Mayo University Hospital, as well as electrical upgrade works at the hospital.

    Elsewhere across the region, the capital plan includes funding for the new Rehabilitation Unit at Roscommon University Hospital, and a 50-bed upgrade of the Sacred Heart Community Nursing Unit in Roscommon.

     

    In Galway, funding has been announced for the long-awaited new Emergency Department and Maternity Unit at University Hospital Galway and a new elective hospital at Merlin Park in Galway to reduce waiting times and overcrowding.

    The plan also includes a new ambulance base in Galway city, while the mortuary at UHG will undergo major refurbishment works, and there's funding for the development of a blood science laboratory.

  • Representatives from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation are to meet with the HSE this afternoon.

    The talks, taking at the Workplace Relations Commission, are aimed at averting planned strike action - the first of which is due to take place a week from today.

    The union says that low levels of pay have left the public health service unable to recruit and retain enough nurses and midwives to safely care for patients.

    INMO spokesperson Phil Ní Sheaghdha says that even though "no serious proposals" have been brought forward so far, she's hopeful progress can be made at today's talks:

  • The Chair of the Labour Court is hosting talks between nursing unions and the HSE this evening.

    The Department of Health, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, and the General Secretary of ICTU are also attending the discussions, aimed at avoiding a strike by 37,000 nurses on Wednesday.

    The HSE has cancelled thousands of outpatient appointments and elective surgeries and is warning of widespread disruption to health services on the day.

    This is the first of a series of scheduled strikes over the coming weeks, as nurses want increases in pay, and recruitment and retention issues addressed.

  • The Mayo Cancer Support Association, based in Castlebar, is to extend its services to Achill Island.

    The Achill Outreach Cancer Support Service will officially be launched this evening in Óstan Oiléan Acla, and the services will be based at the Primary Healthcare Centre in Achill Sound, offering confidential and free services to people affected by cancer as well as their families and friends.

    Mayo Cancer Support, based at Rock Rose House in Castlebar, is now in its 20th year.

    General Manager Trisha Greavy says they're delighted to be extending their service now to the people of Achill.....

  • A Mayo Senator is calling on the Health Minister to intervene, as patients suffering chronic pain can no longer access the pain relief drug Versatis on their medical card.

    This affects about 25,000 people in total, including a large number of people in Co Mayo, according to Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh.

    She says patients who are in chronic pain caused by arthritis and other conditions have been informed that the HSE will no longer cover the cost of these pain relief patches, and while it’s a matter for the HSE, the Erris-based Senator believes the Health Minister Simon Harris should intervene on humanitarian grounds.

  • Members of the People Before Profit Party in Sligo protested outside the gates of IT Sligo on Friday ahead of the special Cabinet meeting to rubberstamp the Ireland 2040 plan.

    The group were there to protest for a number of reasons. Local Cllr Gino O’Boyle was there to highlight the lack of social and affordable housing in Sligo. There are 1,100 people on the waiting list, with only 65-85 houses available.

    While Nigel Gallagher from the party was there as part of the Still Waiting campaign, which is calling for a one-tier health system.

  • The country's nurses and midwives will strike for 24 hours on Wednesday January 30th.

    40,000 members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation will undertake the action after members voted in favour of strike action by 95 percent.

    If their dispute with the government goes unresolved, there will be further 24-hour stoppages on February 5th, 7th, 12th, 13th and 14th.

    The strikes centre on low wages as well as recruitment and retention problems.

    The Government has ruled out granting the 12 percent pay rise sought by nurses and says there would be knock on claims across the public sector.

  • One case of meningitis has been confirmed in the HSE West region during the past week.

    Nationally, there has been a marked increase over the last fortnight in meningitis cases, with 11 cases notified since the last week in December, while three patients diagnosed with meningitis have since died.

    Dr Aine McNamara, a specialist in public health medicine with the HSE West, is urging parents of young children and teenagers to ensure their sons and daughters have received all of the meningitis vaccinations.

    She says people should also be aware of the symptoms, which include fever, vomiting, a dislike of bright lights and a rash that does not fade when pressed with a glass.

     

  • Over 2,400 women in Galway are waiting for an outpatient appointment to see a gynaecologist - while nationally at the end of May, there were 29,152 women waiting, a 4.4 percent increase compared to the same time last year.

    According to figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund, over 5-thousand women are waiting a year or more to be seen by gynaecologist.

    In this region, the number of women waiting for an outpatient appointment is 289 at Mayo University Hospital, 1,882 at Galway University Hospital and 528 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe, and 864 at Sligo University Hospital.

    A new video series by leading Irish hospitals consultants was launched on social media today, discussing the impact of long waiting times on their patients.

    The videos will be rolled out over the coming weeks on the Irish Hospital Consultant Association's twitter account and website.

  • 623 people are on trolleys in hospitals across the country today. 

    That includes 32 patients at Sligo University Hospital, 29 at University Hospital Galway, 4 at Mayo University Hospital and 4 at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    According to the INMO, the worst affected is Cork University Hospital with 58 people waiting on beds. 

    It's followed by University Hospital Limerick where 55 patients are on trolleys.

  • Members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association  will strike next month in an escalating campaign of industrial action in their dispute over pay and staff shortages.

    The psychiatric nurses will initially refuse to work overtime on 31st January, or on 5th, 6th and 7th February.

    They will then escalate their industrial action to full strikes on 12, 13, and 14 February.

    95% of PNA members rejected government proposals to address recruitment and retention issues among nurses.

    This follows confirmation earlier this week from the  INMO that they will strike for 24 hours on 30 January, as well as the 5, 7, 12, 13 and 14 February unless their pay demands are addressed.

  • 6,000 members of the Psychiatric Nurses' Association will begin an overtime ban today in a dispute with the HSE.

    The union says it's in response to a lack of meaningful progress in talks at the Workplace Relations Commission over recruitment and retention issues in mental health services.

    The PNA says nurses are frustrated that they must revert to working only contracted hours, having suspended their strike action 5 months ago on the understanding that the HSE was ready to offer solutions to address the crisis, but the union says little progress has been made since on staff shortages.

    Earlier this week, Health Minister Simon Harris said today's action will have a negative impact on the delivery of care for patients, while PNA general secretary Peter Hughes says the lack of effort made by the HSE to address their concerns means they are to blame for today's action:

  • There's expected to be disruption for patients in the health service today - despite a strike by 10 thousand support staff being called off.

    They were due to stage a 24 hour walkout in a row over the implementation of pay rises.

    However, SIPTU's confirmed the strike won't go ahead so more talks can take place at the Workplace Relations Commission.

    Two more days of industrial action are planned next week if no breakthrough can be found.

    Stephen McMahon from the Irish Patients Association says the strike being called off doesn't mean there won't be disruption.