Donegal at ‘particular risk’ of measles outbreak

Health experts warn Donegal is at particular risk of a measles outbreak due to a relatively low uptake of the highly effective MMR vaccine. The warning comes after the HSE confirmed an adult with the infectious disease died in the Dublin and Midlands Health Region. “MMR vaccine is not only safe but also very effective […]

Donegal has highest need for long term residential care beds

A new report published shows that Donegal has the highest requirement in the country for Long Term Residential Care (LTRC) beds for those over 65 years of age. The number required is 204 per 1,000 of the population over 65. The report from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) looked at changes in nursing […]

Fifteen complaints lodged about gynae services at LUH

FIFTEEN complaints have been lodged about gynaecology services at Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH) since the start of last year. According to figures obtained by the Donegal News through a Freedom of Information request nine complaints were lodged about the service in 2020 followed by six so far this year. Last month the Health Information and […]

One in four consultant posts vacant in LUH – Saolta

ONE in four whole-time equivalent (WTE) consultant posts are vacant across “a range of medical and surgical specialties” at Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH). There are currently 66 approved Consultant Posts at LUH of which 47 posts are filled on a permanent basis, according to a spokesperson for Saolta University Health Care Group. All other posts […]

Fourth family speak out about delayed cancer diagnosis

A FOURTH family has spoken out about a delayed cancer diagnosis at Letterkenny University Hospital’s gynaecology department which is currently under review. The family of Annie Farrell from Buncrana have written a letter to Minister for Health, Simon Harris about their concerns about the care provided at the hospital and requested an investigation into the […]

Second family seek review of gynae services at LUH

SERIOUS concerns have been raised about gynaecology services at Letterkenny University Hospital after a second family has come forward about their mother’s delayed diagnosis of uterine cancer at the hospital. Edel Peoples, who lives in Convoy, has formally requested the HSE to review her mother’s case after she was diagnosed with stage four cancer 18 […]

Call for review of similar cases after sister’s death

A HOSPITAL consultant whose sister passed away following a delayed cancer diagnosis at Letterkenny University Hospital is calling for a review of similar cases. Margaret MacMahon, who grew up in Letterkenny but is now living in Bristol, has spent the last two and a half years fighting for acknowledgement that there were serious failings in […]

Three new health centers for Donegal

  The HSE wishes to announce that new Primary Care Centres at Donegal Town and Dunfanaghy are being progressed through Public Private Partnerships.  A new Primary Care Centre has also been approved for Burtonport.  This will be provided by a lease agreement at a newly refurbished sate of the art building at the pier. A […]

In need of a digestive boost?

WE all know looking after ourselves can be hard – we live busy lives. Yet to keep up that frantic pace, we need to get the self-care basics right. We now know that nutritional health, immune function and much more starts in the digestive tract. Thankfully, there’s one simple, daily way to look after the […]