Crowding problems at Letterkenny University Hospital Emergency Department

Sue Doherty

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Sue Doherty

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sue.doherty@donegaldemocrat.com

Crowding problems at Letterkenny University Hospital Emergency Department

The Emergency Department at Letterkenny University Hospital remains extremely busy this afternoon, December 1st with significant numbers of patients awaiting admission to the hospital.

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, a total of 28 patients were awaiting beds at the hospital this morning, 16 on trolleys and 12 in wards.

This afternoon, a spokesperson for the Saolta Univeristy Health Care Group said, "We apologise to patients and their families for these delays.

"The Full Capacity Protocol has been implemented and all efforts continue to be made to identify patients who are appropriate for discharge. It has also been necessary to defer non urgent elective procedures."

Management at the hospital would like to advise people who are attending the Emergency Department at Letterkenny University Hospital that they can expect delays.

The public are reminded to attend the Emergency Department only in the case of real emergencies and to contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance.

Letterkenny University Hospital again apologises to all patients and their families for any distress caused as a result of these delays.