Letterkenny General Hospital was had more patients waiting for beds than any other hospital in the country for the second day in less than a week.
Thirty-four patients were waiting for beds at the hospital on Tuesday, according to figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO). Twenty patents were on trolleys with another ten waiting on wards.
The hospital also had the highest number of patients waiting for beds last Wednesday.
The INMO has said that staff are struggling to give the highest standards of care to patients. It says other hospitals in the country have been able to cope with the number of patients attending, but the situation in Letterkenny has been on ongoing for at least six weeks. The INMO says many of the admission have been due to respiratory illnesses.
The HSE said the hospital’s emergency department has been extremely busy with above average numbers of very ill patients requiring admission.
Patients are requiring longer hospital stays due to the nature of their illness and the need for longer rehabilitation, the HSE said.
In a statement to the Donegal Democrat, the HSE said the hospital has not returned to the full bed capacity that existed prior to the flood and has 19 fewer beds. It said that some patients are requiring longer hospital stays.