Procedures cancelled at hospital due to overcrowding

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HSE

Letterkenny University Hospital has once again implemented its full capacity protocol
after more than 30 patients were left waiting to be admitted to the hospital today.
The Health Service Executive said the hospital was extremely busy this afternoon “with significant numbers of patients awaiting admission to the hospital”.
According to figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), a total of 32 patients were waiting on a bed on Tuesday morning at the Letterkenny hospital.
Eighteen of those were waiting on trolleys and 14 were waiting on wards.
Non-urgent planned procedures were cancelled and management advised people attending the emergency department to expect delays. Management said efforts continue to be made to identify patients who are appropriate for discharge.
The HSE said the public should only attend the emergency department in the case of real emergencies and people should contact their GP or GP out-of-hours service first.
The hospital has apologised to all patients and their families for any distress caused as a result of the delays.