LUH patient was asked to lie on the floor – report

A Letterkenny University Hospital patient was asked to lie on the Emergency Department floor after fainting because no bed or chair was available, according to a report in The Irish Times. Apparently, staff at LUH have been told not to ask patients to lie on the floor following the September 2022 incident. It’s reported that […]

Hospital debate deferred after Minister does not attend

A debate about the need for an external review of Letterkenny University Hospital did not go ahead in the Dáil this evening after Health Minister Stephen Donnelly did not attend the sitting. Deputies Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Pearse Doherty were due to discuss the matter during Topical Issues however they requested it to be deferred until […]

Over 1,000 appointments cancelled at LUH in 2023

NEW figures have revealed that 1,000 appointments were cancelled at Letterkenny University Hospital in the first four months of this year. The figures also showed that in March patients at LUH waited an average of 11 hours to be admitted to the hospital from the emergency department, with patients over the age of 75 waiting […]

Nine patients on trolleys at LUH

NINE patients are currently on trolleys at Letterkenny University Hospital.  Four patients are in the emergency department while five are on wards elsewhere throughout the hospital. Nationally, 516 admitted patients are waiting for beds this morning, according to today’s INMO Trolley Watch. 397 patients are waiting in the emergency department, while 119 are in wards […]

Over 2,300 on hospital waiting lists in Letterkenny

AT the end of March there were 2,231 adults and 70 children on active waiting lists at Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH). These figures, published by the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF), includes waiting lists for inpatient/day case, GI Scopes and outpatients. Nationally there are 490,993 on active waiting lists, all of these are waiting longer than […]

Inpatient hospital charges gone

PUBLIC patients visiting Letterkenny University Hospital or any other public hospitals will no longer have to pay the €80 per day charge. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly today welcomed the abolition of public hospital in-patient charges with effect from today. The Health (Amendment) Act 2023 removes the acute public in-patient charge of €80 per day, up […]

Hospital had second worst March on record 

THE number of people waiting for beds in Letterkenny hospital last month was the second highest March figure since records began. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said nationally the level of overcrowding in some hospitals was “out of control” and could not be allowed to continue into the summer. The INMO launched its ‘Trolley […]

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 […]