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New Bereavement Room for Parents in the Maternity Unit of Letterkenny University Hospital

Letterkenny University Hospital opened a new bereavement room in the Maternity Unit at the hospital, on Thursday 17 January. The room will be known as the Butterfly Room, taking inspiration from Féileacáin, the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland.

Notice of strike action

Notice of strike action

The Saolta University Health Care Group has received notice of strike action from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (INMO). The first day of strike action is scheduled for Wednesday January 30th 2019 at 8am to Thursday 31st at 8am. Additional strike dates are notified for February 5th, 7th, 12th, 13th and 14th.

The HSE is negotiating with the INMO to secure the safest possible level of cover in health and social care services on that day.

Patient Experience Advisors at Mayo University Hospital

As part of Mayo University Hospital’s ongoing commitment to patient and family engagement, 18 Patient Experience Advisors have been selected to work with various hospital committees to bring the patients’ voice to the planning and delivery of care at the hospital.

Letterkenny University Hospital using healthcare technology to enable better and safer patient care

Over the past 3 years, two new technology projects led by nursing and midwifery staff at Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH) have been piloted and introduced.

Last month, the HSE’s National Nursing and Midwifery Services Director, Mary Wynne, visited Letterkenny to meet with the staff involved to acknowledge how nurses and midwives in the North West are embracing technology to enable better and safer patient care.

Staff at Sligo University Hospital share their flu experiences in a new video

Mr Fergal Hickey, Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Deirdre Staunton, Resuscitation Training Officer from Sligo University Hospital have shared their flu experiences in a new video ( aimed at promoting the uptake of the flu vaccine among healthcare workers.

Launch of Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust exhibition

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust has launched Art@Work 15, an exhibition by hospital staff running from 17 December until 31 January. The exhibition was officially launched on Monday December 17 on the Art Corridor of University Hospital Galway by His Worship, the Mayor of the City of Galway, Councillor Níall McNelis.

Donegal Family present cheque to University Hospital Galway

James Melly and his wife Mary from Lettermacaward, County Donegal recently visited University Hospital Galway and presented a cheque for €3,325 to the Claddagh Ward Patient Comfort Fund.

New Robotic Surgery at University Hospital Galway

Saolta University Hospital Group in conjunction with Cancer Care West recently introduced Robotic Surgery at University Hospital Galway.

The surgical robot is currently being used by the urology team at the hospital and so far this year 60 men have had their prostate surgery undertaken by consultant urologists at the hospital using this new technology.

Mayo University Hospital Launch "Knowing My Medicines" Initiative

Knowing My Medicines
Members of our Medication Safety Committee at Mayo University Hospital together with our Patient Experience Advisors have launched a new initiative at the hospital.

We want to spread the message that we would like patients to keep an up to date list of their medications and bring it with them should they need to attend the hospital. This will help us and our patients manage medicines more safely . Everybody has a role to play in medication safety and we hope that we can by this initiative  improve communication around medicines.

Exciting News for Patients with Cystic Fibrosis – Landmark Trial at Galway University Hospitals

Patients at Galway University Hospitals have taken part in a landmark trial that demonstrates a significant advance in cystic fibrosis (CF) care. A new triple combination drug from Vertex pharmaceuticals, tezacaftor and ivacaftor -plus an experimental one, known as VX-659 - was tested on adult CF patients with the more common delta 508 gene mutation. Up to 90% of Irish CF patients have at least one copy of this mutation which causes CF.