Zero patients on trolleys at LUH

For the first time in a long time, there are no patients on trolleys at Letterkenny University Hospital this morning.  In recent days, the number of patients awaiting beds on trolleys had been continuously dropping and this morning, the INMO says there are no patients on trolleys in the emergency department or on wards elsewhere. […]

Hospital to review postponement of elective surgeries

LETTERKENNY University Hospital is set to review elective surgeries following a scale back in January. Elective surgeries were scaled back in a bid to tackle mounting bed pressures but are now set to be reviewed in two weeks. A spokesperson from Letterkenny University Hospital told the Donegal News that they sincerely regret any inconvenience caused […]

New hospital senior manager to start in spring

A new senior manager to help address governance issues at Letterkenny University Hospital has been appointed and will take up the role in spring. The move follows a series of workshops facilitated by consultancy firm Ernst & Young (EY) last year held between Saolta management and hospital staff. They were held in response to a damning […]

Letterkenny Hospital awarded Silver Happy Heart Award

The Irish Heart Foundation has awarded the Silver Happy Heart Award to Letterkenny University Hospital in recognition of the ongoing work at the hospital to promote healthy eating in the workplace. Mark Duffy, Catering Manager at the hospital explains, “We were absolutely delighted when we received the Silver Happy Heart award. There are strict criteria […]

Rise in number of complaints made about hospital’s gynae service

THERE was an increase in the number of complaints made about gynaecology services at Letterkenny University Hospital in 2022. Figures obtained by the Donegal News through a Freedom of Information request show there were seven complaints lodged about the service between January and November 2022, up from two complaints made the previous year. When questioned […]

Hospital staff in Letterkenny feeling overwhelmed and burnt out – INMO

THE Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has warned that overcrowding levels and bed capacity issues at Letterkenny University Hospital is “unprecedented”. The union has urged the government to call out hospital overcrowding around the country as “an out and out crisis”. Forty three patients were awaiting beds in Letterkenny University Hospital yesterday while 65 patients were […]

Eye-witness says the exhausted hospital staff are struggling to cope

A man whose car crashed ten minutes from Letterkenny hospital was told it would take four hours for an ambulance to arrive. The shocking situation unfolded during what has been an extremely challenging week for the health service. On Monday alone 116 people attended Letterkenny’s emergency department. As of 8am on Tuesday there were 56 patients awaiting […]

Major boost for new Lifford hospital

PLANS for a new hospital in Lifford have taken a significant step forward following talks between the HSE and Donegal County Council. A 3.5 acre space for the facility has been identified as part of a much wider redevelopment of lands along the N14. If granted permission, the hospital will consist of a 25-bed unit, a primary […]

1,108 people left waiting on hospital trolleys last month

Last night in the Dáil, Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty challenged the Minister for Health on the government’s failures regarding the health service. His comments come after it was revealed that 1,108 people were on hospital trollies without beds in Letterkenny University Hospital last month. Teachta Doherty said last month, 1,108 patients at Letterkenny University Hospital […]

Saolta chief to visit hospital after shock resignation

THE Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Saolta University Health Care Group is to visit Letterkenny University Hospital in the coming days following the shock resignation of the hospital’s urologist. Ann Cosgrove confirmed at the latest Regional Health Forum West meeting that Mr Asadulla Aslam, a consultant urologist at Letterkenny University Hospital, has resigned in the […]