Letterkenny hospital most overcrowded today

LETTERKENNY University Hospital is the most overcrowded hospital in the country today with 66 patients waiting on a bed. According to this morning’s trolley figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) there are 506 admitted patients waiting for beds across the country.  Nationally 355 patients are waiting in the emergency department, while 151 […]

Hospital had one of highest rates of C Diff superbug

LETTERKENNY University Hospital had among the highest number of hospital-acquired cases of C diff in 2021. Twenty-three patients were diagnosed with the superbug Clostridium difficile (C diff). Data obtained by the Irish Times through official reports and Freedom of Information requests, also revealed 11 patients acquired Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections in LUH in 2021. Advertisement Staphylococcus […]

Anger as hospital’s domestic staff overlooked in evaluation scheme

DOMESTIC staff at Letterkenny hospital say they feel “under-valued” after being ignored as part of a HSE job evaluation scheme. The health authority has been carrying out a review of all roles and making recommendations around appropriate rates of pay and allowances. But while almost all departments have been moved up a band, domestic and cleaning […]

Hospital security staff called gardai over 20 times

SECURITY staff at Letterkenny University Hospital have contacted gardaí more than 20 times this year so far. The figure was provided to Councillor Albert Doherty in response to a question he raised at this week’s meeting of Regional Health Forum West. Cllr Doherty asked how many times security at LUH deemed it necessary and requested […]

Rising trolley figures at LUH sparks concern for winter

THERE are fears winter chaos is on the way as the number of people waiting on trolleys in Letterkenny University Hospital has been steadily rising this week. There were almost 50 people waiting on a trolley at LUH yesterday, up from 23 at the same time last week. Of the 47 patients, 16 were on […]

LUH outlines plan to tackle energy costs

NIGHT audits have been carried out in Letterkenny University Hospital as part of a raft of measures to tackle soaring energy costs. The audits have been conducted to ensure that unused equipment and lighting in unoccupied areas are switched off outside of business hours. The hospital is also rolling out further cost-cutting projects this year […]

Meeting to discuss removal of angiogram service

MUCH anger remains locally in the wake of confirmation that the angiogram service is to be withdrawn from Letterkenny University Hospital in May. A special meeting to discuss the future of cardiology services at LUH has been called for by Councillor Ciaran Brogan. He raised his concerns at this week’s committee meeting of the HSE’s […]

Thirteen wards in hospital dealing with Covid-19

THERE were thirteen wards dealing with Covid-19 outbreaks at Letterkenny University Hospital yesterday as more elective procedures were postponed due to a lack of bed capacity. There were 54 patients with the virus being treated at the facility last night with one Covid-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit. Due to the high number of […]

HSE announces return of visiting at hospital

VISITING by appointment has been reintroduced at Letterkenny University Hospital. Following a change in Covid guidelines, the HSE has confirmed that patients may have one visit per day lasting up to 30 minutes. “To make an appointment to visit a patient in a ward area family members/visitors are asked to contact the ward or unit […]