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Merlin Park University Hospital wins Galway City Tidy Towns and Garden award

Merlin Park University Hospital wins Galway City Tidy Towns and Garden award

Merlin Park University Hospital was presented with an award by Cllr Noel Larkin, Mayor of Galway City  at the annual Galway City Tidy Towns and Garden Competition at an awards ceremony held recently in the Connacht Hotel under the category Public and Commercial Buildings/Civic Buildings for their recognition of people and businesses who work to improve their environment, foster civic pride and make Galway city a better place to live in, to work in and to visit.

Children's Remembrance Committee - Annual Golden Enrolment Mass

Annual Golden Enrolment Mass

The Children's Remembrance Committe invite all hospital staff and friends to our Annual Golden Enrolment Mass to our deceased colleagues on Saturday November 5th 2016 at 7PM in the Staff Canteen, Nurses Home, University Hospital Galway.

Galway University Hospitals implement Protected Mealtimes policy

Galway University Hospitals implement Protected Mealtimes policy

Galway University Hospitals has this week implemented a Protected Mealtimes policy. This means that during breakfast from 8.15am to 9.15am, lunch from 12.15pm to 1.15pm and tea-time 5.15pm to 6.15pm all non-urgent activities on the ward will stop. This will provide patients with the opportunity to have their meals without unnecessary interruption and facilitate hospital staff to assist, encourage and monitor patients during mealtime to ensure their food intake is appropriate. 

World Diabetes Day 14 November 2016

World Diabetes Day - 14 November 2016

World Diabetes Day Information Stand

Diabetes Nurse Specialists will host a public information stand in the Main Foyer, University Hospital Galway on 14th November from 10am-3pm

10:00am-12:00pm: Marguerite Melia and Caroline Delargy

12:00pm-14:00pm:  Helen Burke and Aoife Ryan

14:00pm-15:00pm: Aideen Moore and Lisa Reddington

DAFNE programme for Type 1 Diabetes

Galway University Hospitals to hold Ecumenical Memorial Service

Galway University Hospitals to hold Ecumenical Memorial Service

Galway University Hospital will hold its sixth annual Ecumenical Memorial Service on Thursday 20 October at 7.00 pm in the staff canteen, Nurses Home, University Hospital Galway.

The service is organised by the End of Life Care Committee.  The service will be lead by Rev. Helen Freeburn, United Methodist & Presbyterian Church and the homily will be delivered by Mr. Ray Gately, Chaplain, Merlin Park University Hospital. The choir will comprise of hospital staff. 


The Saolta University Health Care Group provides acute and specialist hospital services to the West and North West of Ireland – counties Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal and adjoining counties.

The Group's Academic Partner is NUI Galway.

Our vision is to be a leading academic Hospital Group providing excellent integrated patient-centred care delivered by skilled caring staff.

Saolta Guiding Principles

Care - Compassion - Trust - Learning

Our guiding principles are to work in partnership with patients and other healthcare providers across the continuum of care to:

  • Deliver high quality, safe, timely and equitable patient care by developing and ensuring sustainable clinical services to meet the needs of our population.
  • Deliver integrated services across the Saolta Group Hospitals, with clear lines of responsibility, accountability and authority, whilst maintaining individual hospital site integrity.
  • Continue to develop and improve our clinical services supported by education, research and innovation, in partnership with NUI Galway and other academic partners.
  • Recruit, retain and develop highly-skilled multidisciplinary teams through support, engagement and empowerment.
Saolta Strategy 2019-2023

We have developed a five year strategy which outlines the vision and framework for the Group’s strategic development from 2019 to 2023.

We are committed to ensuring that our patients are at the centre of all service design, development and delivery. Over the five years of the strategy we will further develop our services, both clinical and organisational based around seven key themes: Quality and Patient Safety; Patient Access; Governance and Integration; Skilled Caring Staff; Education Research and Innovation; eHealth and Infrastructure. These will be our key areas of focus to enable us to meet the future needs of our patients.

We have identified 20 priority projects across the Group which are aligned with Sláintecare’s goals. They include a number of clinical and organisational projects which are focused on further improving services for our patients and staff. We will continue to work very closely with our colleagues in the community both Community Healthcare West and Community Health Organisation 1 in the North West to deliver more streamlined care to our patients in line with the national focus of bringing services closer to patients.

A key theme within this strategy and its successful implementation is the development of Managed Clinical and Academic Networks. While the tertiary referral centre for the Group is University Hospital Galway, it is essential that all our hospitals work more closely together in delivering services to address the challenges facing us across our region. These networks will ensure that specialities in individual hospitals will no longer work in isolation but as a networked team which will improve clinical quality and patient safety. It will also support collective learning/sharing of expertise and will be supported by education, training, research and audit programmes. It will result in safer, standardised and more sustainable services for our patients and improved recruitment and retention of staff.

To read the full strategy, click here.


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