Repair work at Letterkenny General Hospital is “on schedule” as the push to re-open essential services at the facility continues.
All week, there has been a high level of activity to complete new outbuildings to house some of the services affected by the flooding three weeks ago.
Updating the situation last Friday, General Manager at the Hospital, Sean Murphy, said the priority is to re-open emergency department facilities as soon as possible. He declined to give a date for when normal service may resume, saying he “did not want to make promises” or speculate on dates
“We have relocated a number of our services and now some of the temporary arrangements have been stabilised. Our medical records service, through the assistance of the army, has now been finished and we are now in the process of getting that department back up to full functionality.
“We continue to look at a number of options for off-site locations for clinics we haven’t managed to establish. I think one of the critical issues is that we do not end up with some confusion. There needs to be a degree of co-ordination particulary around clinical services and support services to support the clinics.
He said they were also looking to “relocate and regroup” outpatient clinics.
“They continue to work closely with Altnagelvin, Sligo General Hospital, South West Hospital for emergency cover for the county.
Speaking of the work done he said: “Two thirds, 60% or so, of our outpatients capacity is restored through a mixture of off-site and on-site facilities. One hundred per cent of our haemodialysis and virtually one hundred per cent of maternity and obstetric care have been maintained. The big driver in terms of the re-establishments of emergency care and surgery is around diagnostics. Diagnostics is absolutely critical in emergency care but also essential in terms of retaining our emergency surgery where there might be post operative complications.”