The HSE has vacated a property that it was using to accommodate frontline healthcare workers in Galway, as the public healthcare system adapts to the ongoing challenges posed by Covid-19.

The Inis Aoibhinn residence is located on the grounds of University Hospital Galway.

It is usually used to accommodate cancer patients travelling from the west and northwest, to Galway, for treatment.

But the building was given over to the HSE at the beginning of April by Cancer Care West, when there were concerns about capacity for treating Covid-19 patients.

Since then it has been used by frontline healthcare workers at the hospital, many of whom had moved out of their usual accommodation to minimise the risk to other family members.

Over the last six weeks, Cancer Care West continued to accommodate patients at a local hotel, where rooms were provided free of charge to the charity.

Management at the Harbour Hotel had been forced to close as result of the public health crisis but were able to provide recently refurbished rooms to assist cancer patients.

Now, Inis Aoibhinn is reverting to its regular use, as the HSE places renewed emphasis on the ongoing treatment of cancer patients.

From today, patients from across the region are being welcomed back to the facility.