High hospital attendances prompt delays warning

LETTERKENNY University Hospital is advising that people presenting to the emergency department are experiencing long waiting times.

The hospital said it would like to apologise for the delays.

There were above-average attendances at the emergency department over the weekend with 124 people presenting yesterday and 151 on Saturday.


The hospital continues to be impacted by Covid. As of 8pm last night there were 27 patients with the virus in the hospital.

The pressure on bed availability has resulted in very high numbers of patients waiting on trollies in the emergency department who need to be admitted to hospital for ongoing treatment.

“Every effort is being made to discharge patients who are ready to go home so that beds will become available for patients who need to be admitted, at the earliest opportunity,” said a spokesperson.

“The hospital is committed to treating everyone who presents at the emergency department – People who are seriously injured or ill are assessed and treated as a priority and those who do not require urgent care may be waiting longer.

“If your health problem is not an emergency, please contact your GP during normal surgery hours or contact the NoWDOC GP Out of Hours service if you are experiencing symptoms of an urgent nature which cannot wait until your GP surgery is next open.”

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