LETTERKENNY’S Hospital Action Campaign has elected a new committee.
The panel was chosen following a meeting in Dillon’s Hotel on Thursday evening attended by around 35 people. Those gathered shared their experiences of Donegal’s healthcare system and outlined what they hoped might be made available in Donegal.
One of Letterkenny Hospital Action Campaign’s priorities is a minor injuries unit to alleviate the strain on the accident and emergency department.
“These units can conduct x-rays, examine broken bones, treat wounds and much more,” said a spokesperson.
“If a minor injuries clinic was situated in St Conal’s and linked with the emergency department, it would mean that any patient needing to be admitted to hospital could be referred directly from the unit. This would be a step in the right direction to help resolve both the overcrowding crisis and those experiencing difficulties gaining access to a GP here in Donegal.
“At present there are eleven minor injuries clinic in the Republic. Shockingly the nearest facility is in Monaghan.”
Other priorities include a rapid prostrate clinic in Letterkenny hospital as suggested by Donegal Action Cancer Care and a reduction in waiting lists to see a specialist.
The campaign group added, “Members of the public also spoke of their time – and loved ones’ time – spent in Letterkenny University Hospital which was extremely emotive but also highlighted not just the patients’ point of view but also the importance of supporting the staff and ensuring investment in resources that are not yet available.”
Mary T Sweeney was elected as chairperson with Maria Keaney as vice chair. Secretary is Liam Mulligan, vice secretary Donna Russell, treasurer Anne Maloney and public relations Emma Govha.
“We are delighted to say that two of our members are experienced, retired former nurses.
“We also welcome that the committee members are representative of not just Letterkenny but of all areas of Donegal including Buncrana, Drumkeen and Ardara.”
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