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Portiuncula University Hospital offers Hypnobirthing Classes

Over the past two years, 12 midwives working at Portiuncula University Hospital have completed a Diploma in Hypnobirthing which allows them to facilitate antenatal classes for birthing mothers planning to have their babies at the hospital.

Statement - Disruption to health services 05 February 2019

Statement - Disruption to health services 05 February 2019

The Saolta University Health Care Group has stated that the industrial action by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) today will have a significant impact on patient services across all of our hospitals.

All our hospitals are very busy today and we would advise that people only attend our emergency departments if absolutely essential.

‘Whose Shoes’ information sharing event for the Maternity Unit at Portiuncula University Hospital

The Maternity Unit at Portiuncula University Hospital (PUH) is holding an information sharing event for staff and former and current patients of the unit on March 1st next.

‘Whose Shoes’ is a maternity experience workshop that brings together women (and their partners should they wish) and maternity staff to share experiences and learning.

New Consultant Appointments at Galway University Hospitals

Three new Consultants were recently appointed to Galway University Hospitals (GUH): Prof Derek O’Keeffe, Consultant Endocrinologist; Dr Andrew Smyth, Consultant Physician; and Dr John William McEvoy, Consultant Physician.

Cheque Presentation to Féileacáin

Claire and Jamsie Donnelly, from Killygordon, presenting a cheque for €8,500 at Letterkenny University Hospital to Mairie Cregan, Chairperson and founding member of Féileacáin.

The money was the proceeds of a charity tractor run in memory of their baby Evanne. Also in photo are Marian Doogan, Assistant Director of Midwifery and Evelyn Smith, Director of Midwifery at Letterkenny University Hospital. The funds raised will be used in the local area.

Disruption to health services 30th January 2019

Disruption to health services 30th January 2019

Nurses and midwives who are members of the INMO are due to commence strike action from 8am on Wednesday, 30th January 2019. The strike will end at 8am on Thursday, 31st January 2019. This means many of our services will not be available on the day of the strike (Wednesday, 30th January).

If you have an appointment or procedure that is cancelled, we will contact you directly to reschedule.

Please only attend our emergency services if absolutely essential.

Portiuncula University Hospital’s Research Day

Portiuncula University Hospital held its second annual Research Day at the hospital on Friday 18 January. The event was organised to showcase the research and audit work undertaken at the hospital and 7 oral presentations and 23 posters were presented by staff from all disciplines including the Emergency Department, Physiotherapy, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Nursing, Radiology, Medicine and Surgery.

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.