Letterkenny General Hospital and Sligo General Hospital were among 13 hospitals which received formal warnings from a health watchdog about serious risks to patients after hygiene inspections.
The warnings to the hospitals were issued in the last 14 months after HIQA inspectors made announced and unannounced inspections to 49 hospitals around the country.
According to the Irish Independent, inspectors had to make return visits to seven hospitals, including Letterkenny and Sligo General.
The notifications of risk to the 13 hospitals involved cleanliness, hand washing and control of infectious diseases that posed a risk to patients.
Phelim Quinn, HIQA’s director of regulations said: “We noted that most of those hospitals that required a second inspection had improved and generally the feedback from the hospitals demonstrates a positive and constructive attitude to the recommendations.”