Letterkenny University Hospital apologises for Emergency Department delays this afternoon

Letterkenny University Hospital apologises for Emergency Department delays this afternoon
By Gareth Reynolds editorial@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

People attending the Emergency Department at Letterkenny University Hospital this afternoon can expect delays.

In a statement issued by the Saolta University Health Care Group in the last 40 minutes the hospital’s Emergency Department is described as “very busy”. An apology has been offered to patients and their families for any distress caused by the delays.

The statement says: “Significant numbers of patients [are] awaiting admission to the hospital. 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. We have also deferred some non urgent elective procedures. We apologise to patients for the distress this deferral may cause.

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

“We would like to remind the public that we encourage them to attend the Emergency Department only in the case of real emergencies and they should 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.”