Inis Aoibhinn

  • Cancer Care West have made available their 33-bedroom lodge at University Hospital Galway to the Saolta hospital group, as the battle against Covid-10 continues.

    The Inis Aoibhinn residence is located in the hospital grounds, and is usually used by patients who are undergoing radiotherapy treatment at UHG.

    In response to an urgent request from Saolta, Cancer Care West has now made the unit available to the hospital, and alternative accommodation is being offered to patients in the Harbour Hotel in Galway City.

    The charity started relocating patients to the 3rd floor of the hotel yesterday, and will arrange the necessary transport for patients to and from the hospital as required.

    The Saolta Group says the addition of a facility with 33 private bedrooms on the grounds of the hospital provides them with additional capacity as they continue to build their capability to respond to the pandemic.

    The exact use of the Inis Aoibhinn residence will be determined over the coming days, as the hospital continues to deal with the spread of the virus.

  • Plans are being finalised for a new bus service, which will transport cancer patients from Co Mayo to and from University Hospital Galway for radiotherapy treatment on a weekly basis.

    Each year, about 250 patients from Mayo travel to UHG for radiotherapy, and many of these people opt to stay over the Inis Aoibhinn residential facility on the grounds of the hospital from Monday to Friday, only returning home at weekend during their 6-8 week treatment.

    Currently, bus services operate from Donegal, Sligo and Co Galway to the hospital, but no such service exists for the people of Mayo.

    To address this need, Cancer Care West has recently bought a new 29-seater bus, which will transport patients staying over in Inis Aoibhinn.

    It's hoped the bus service will start in mid-February, commencing in Belmullet and travelling through 10 or 12 towns and villages en route to Galway University Hospital.

    A fundraising drive is now underway to meet the costs of the new bus service.

     

    Cancer Care West in Galway can be contacted on 091 - 545 000 or by visiting www.cancercarewest.ie