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Galway University Hospitals Stoma Care information evening

Galway University Hospitals Stoma Care information evening

Galway University Hospitals Stoma Care Unit is holding a free public information meeting for anyone who has had stoma surgery on September 21st next at 6.30pm in the Ardilaun Hotel, Galway. Family, friends and carers are also welcome to attend.

Entitled “Living with a stoma“, the evening will focus on quality of life issues and looking at positive influences on living with a stoma.

Cycle for Diabetes - Sunday 02 October

Cycle for Diabetes - Sunday 02 October 2016

The Diabetes Unit, University Hospital Galway are organising a 50km cycle for diabetes.  The cycle will take place on Sunday 02 October at 9.30am from the Claddagh Hall Galway.  Registration for the cycle is available here

The monies raised will go to Diabetes Care West for educational and activity events for people with Diabetes. 

All support greatly appreciated. 

Diabetes Team, UHG. 


'The savage loves his naked shore' art exhibition

'The savage loves his naked shore' art exhibition

'The savage loes his naked shore' art exhibition is continuing on the UHG Arts Corridor and now in Unit 7 MPUH (by appointment) until 29th August.

The savage loves his native shore exhibition opens

Ann Cogrove, Chief Operations Officer at Saolta University Health Care Group, Fiona McHugh, Deputy General Manager Mayo University Hospital, Marielle MacLeman, Artist Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust, Pat O'Brien Chairperson Arts Committee GUH and Siobhan Connolly participating artist and former patient Unit 7.

James C. Harrold, Galway City Arts Officer officially launched Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust exhibition The savage loves his native shore in the Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUI, Galway for Galway International Arts Festival on Saturday July 16.

Participating artists, friends, family and hospital staff all gathered to celebrate their achievements as a community within a healthcare setting.  

The savage loves his native shore GIAF exhibition

Piece from the Savage Loves his Native Shore Exhibition

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is celebrating three years of its dialysis art programme at Merlin Park University Hospital in a special partnership with NUI Galway for Galway International Arts Festival 2016. Since it was introduced in 2012, a prevalent source of inspiration for participants’ creative projects has been the West of Ireland and the exhibition takes this theme across two venues.


Saolta University Health Care Group (formally West/North West Hospitals Group) is one of six new hospital groups announced by the Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly TD in May, 2013, as part of a re-organisation of public hospitals into more efficient and accountable hospital groups that will deliver improved outcomes for patients.

The Group's Academic Partner is NUI Galway.
By working in groups, hospital services will be provided by the hospitals in each group based on the evidence-based needs of their populations. Each group of hospitals will work together as single cohesive entities managed as one, to provide acute care for patients in their area, integrating with community and primary care. This will maximise the amount of care delivered locally, whilst ensuring complex care is safely provided in larger hospitals.
The objectives of the groups are to:
  • Achieve the highest standard of quality and uniformity in hospital care across the group;
  • Deliver cost effective hospital care in a timely and sustainable manner;
  • Encourage and support clinical and managerial leaders;
  • Ensure high standards of governance, both clinical and corporate and recruit and retain high quality nurses, NCHDs, consultants, allied health professionals and administrators in all our hospitals.
Saolta University Health Care Group has 1,770 beds and 7,620 staff and a budget of €600m.

Patients are at the heart of everything we do.  Our mission is to provide high quality and equitable services for all by delivering care based on excellence in clinical practice, teaching, and research, grounded in kindness, compassion and respect, whilst developing our staff and becoming a model employer.



Our Vision is to build on excellent foundations already laid, further developing and integrating our Group, fulfilling our role as an exemplar, and becoming the first Trust in Ireland.



Respect - We aim to be an organisation where privacy, dignity, and individual needs are respected, where staff are valued, supported and involved in decision–making, and where diversity is celebrated, recognising that working in a respectful environment will enable us to achieve more.

Compassion    We will treat all patients and family members with dignity, sensitivity and empathy.

Kindness  -  Whilst we develop our organisation as a business, we will remember it is a service, and treat our patients and each other with kindness and humanity.

Quality  -  We seek continuous quality improvement in all we do, through creativity, innovation, education and research.

Learning  -   We will nurture and encourage lifelong learning and continuous improvement, attracting, developing and retaining high quality staff, enabling them to fulfill their  potential.

Integrity  -  through our governance arrangements and or value system, we will ensure all of our services are transparent, trustworthy and reliable and delivered to the highest ethical standards, taking responsibility and accountability for our actions.

Teamworking  -  we will engage and empower our staff, sharing best practise and strengthening relationships with our partners and patients to achieve our Mission.

Communication  -  we aim to communicate with patients, the public, our staff and stakeholders, empowering them to actively participate in all aspects of the service, encouraging inclusiveness, openness and accountability.


These Values shape our strategy to create an organisational culture and ethos to deliver high quality and safe services for all we serve and that staff are rightly proud of.

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