Letterkenny University Hospital theatre has never been used

It has also emerged that only three out of the hospital’s four in-patient theatres are routinely used to perform operations.

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Letterkenny University Hospital

A purpose-built maternity theatre at Letterkenny University Hospital has remained unused since its construction in 2004, it has emerged.

It has also emerged that only three out of the hospital’s four in-patient theatres are routinely used to perform operations.

The revelations are contained in a response issued from hospital management to correspondence from Deputy Doherty in which he questioned theatre space and the operational status of operating suites at the hospital.

Criticising the failure to effectively use the existing facilities to the maximum potential, Deputy Doherty said:

“Earlier this year, I tabled a serious of Parliamentary Questions to the Minister for Health in relation to funding, staffing and resourcing at Letterkenny University Hospital, including the number of operational surgery theatres at the hospital.

“A few weeks ago, I received details from management on the hospital’s theatre space, including information in relation to the facilities at the hospital for day surgery and in-patient procedures.

“The reply revealed that Letterkenny University Hospital currently has Day Surgery Theatres which are both operational, while there are also four In-Patient Surgery Theatres.

“However, while management confirmed that all four In-patient theatres are operational, only three of them are used on a regular basis.”