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  • Galway Hospice Foundation has today confirmed plans to build a new hospice facility.

    The hospice has seen significant increases in demand for services in recent years, and the current hospice site at Renmore is no longer capable of meeting future demands for palliative care services.

    The hospice currently operates an 18-bed facility at Renmore, in addition to providing Home-Care and Day-Care services to over 730 clients.

    A suitable site for a new state of the art 36-bed facility in close proximity to Merlin Park University Hospital has been identified. In the next few days, Galway Hospice Foundation will formally lodge an application for planning permission with Galway City Council.

    The new development will include 36 specialist palliative care beds, a day-care centre, therapy rooms and education facilities.

    The planned site for the new hospice at Merlin Park is situated away from the hospital campus. However co-location with the hospital will be hugely beneficial for the hospice, allowing for ease in transferring vulnerable hospice patients who are receiving treatment and for other support services such as X-rays, scans, blood testing, analysis and pharmacy support services.

    The HSE agreed to sell the site at Merlin Park to the Galway Hospice Foundation in 2015 and the title to the lands will be transferred once the planning permission has been obtained for the 14 acre site.

  • The HSE West has confirmed that the second orthopaedic unit at Merlin Park Hospital in Galway will not be reopening.

    Two theatres were closed at the hospital last September due to structural problems.

    One theatre has been refurbished and reopened for surgery last week, but the second theatre will not be reopening.

    Plans are in place for a modular theatre at Merlin Park, which is scheduled to open next October, but planning permission has not yet been sought for this structure.

    Headford-based Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Hoade requested an update on the issue at yesterday’s meeting of the HSE Regional Forum.

    Management said a design team is in place for the modular theatre, and they hope to apply for planning permission before the next HSE Forum meeting.

    Councillor Hoade has welcomed last week’s reopening of one orthopaedic theatre at Merlin Park, but is concerned about the timeframe for delivering the modular theatre.


  • It’s important that every effort is made to retain nurses in our hospitals, that’s the view of Headford based Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Hoade, a member of the HSE West Forum.

    At a recent meeting of the forum the councillor submitted a question on the number of new nurses hired at University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park Hospital in the past twelve months.

    In response Ann Cosgrave Chief Operating Officer at Saolta University Health Care Group confirmed that the total number of nurses hired in the last year at both hospitals was 153, including all nursing grades. In addition there were 84 Student General Nursing (pre-reg) hired.

    Councillor Hoade told Midwest News that it is vital to retain and recruit nurses in order to provide the services required at both hospitals

  • Minister Sean Kyne has confirmed the addition of a new ambulance crew on a 24-hour basis in Galway.

    The Minister for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development and Fine Gael TD for Galway West and Mayo South says following discussions with Minister for Health, Simon Harris he can confirm that an additional ambulance crew has commenced operating from the Merlin Park base. 

    The new crew will bring to four the number of ambulance crews serving Galway from Merlin Park during the day and will bring to three new number of crews operating at night. 

    Minister Kyne says the additional ambulance services from Merlin Park will help ease pressure and in particular in areas such as Connemara as the need to call ambulances into the city will be reduced.



  • A Galway TD says she is hopeful that the Government’s Capital Plan, which will be announced tomorrow, will provide for a new state of the art elective hospital for Galway and the west in Merlin Park.

    Fine Gael Deputy Hildegarde Naughton told Midwest News today that she is happy with her discussions with the Minister and has every hope that a new facility will be announced tomorrow.

    Deputy Naughton says she is confident the announcement will include the building of a large elective hospital, with hundreds of beds, for Galway on the Merlin Park site.

    She says what it means in practical terms is that if you have a scheduled operation it will take place in Merlin Park and not the UHG Newcastle campus. It will also mean that day case and endoscopy procedures will, when development work is completed, take place in Merlin Park.

    Deputy Naughton says the result will be the freeing up of hundreds of beds in UHG and an elimination of trolleys for those needing emergency care.

    The Galway TD is also hopeful that a new oncology and radiation facility will be provided in Galway, along with the long awaited Emergency Department at UHG.

  • One of the Orthopaedic operating theatres at Merlin Park hospital in Galway is tdue to reopen from today.

    Two theatres were closed last September for structural repairs, leading to the cancellation of a number of surgical procedures since then.

    Emergency surgeries and a small number of elective procedures have been carried out at University Hospital Galway in the interim, but there are concerns about waiting lists getting longer while the operating theatres are closed.

    The HSE has confirmed to Midwest News that repair work was completed at the Merlin Park orthopaedic theatres in November, followed by some internal reconfiguration of one theatre, which is expected to be operational this week, while two new modular units with orthopaedic theatres are expected to be opened at Merlin Park later this year.

    Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy says today’s reopening of one of the hospital’s operating theatres is a step in the right direction….