Children witnessing ‘trauma’ at LUH’s emergency department – claim

by Louise Doyle CHILDREN are witnessing ‘trauma’ while attending the emergency department of Letterkenny University Hospital because of significant levels of overcrowding. That was the stark concern aired this week at a meeting of Regional Health Forum West, when an update on the timeframe for the delivery of a new extension to increase capacity of the hospital’s emergency […]

‘My husband and my kids have got me back’

LETTERKENNY WOMAN’S AMAZING WEIGHT-LOSS STORY By Dionne Meehan LETTERKENNY woman Julie Gorman is urging those considering weight loss surgery to get it done locally instead of travelling abroad where treatments are also available. Advertisement Miserable and overweight, Julie decided to take action in 2022 for health reasons and concerns surrounding a family history of heart […]

Bill of €26m for LUH agency staff 

by Louise Doyle THE spending of more than €26 million over a three-year period on agency staff for Letterkenny University Hospital while a HSE recruitment embargo is in place has been branded as “unbelievable”. Member of Regional Health Forum, West Cllr Gerry McMonagle told the Donegal News that it “beggars belief” that such an amount of money […]

Extremely busy weekend at emergency department

by Louise Doyle ALMOST 340 patients attended Letterkenny University Hospital’s Emergency Department between Bank Holiday Monday and yesterday. The hospital is also currently managing a Covid-19 outbreak which is affecting one ward. Advertisement Figures provided to the Donegal News show 128 people attended LUH’s emergency department on bank Holiday Monday. There were 159 attendances on […]

Nineteen per cent rise in number of patients on trolleys

by Louise Doyle THE number of admitted patients who were on trolleys waiting for a bed at Letterkenny University Hospital yesterday rose by 19 per cent compared with the beginning of the month. Thirty-one admitted patients were on trolleys in LUH yesterday without a bed. Advertisement The number was a rise of five patients on January 2, 2024, when […]

Respiratory illness surge in Donegal

BY JEROME HUGHES DONEGAL residents are being urged to get a flu vaccine and Covid booster jab amid a spike in respiratory illnesses, a problem that is forecast to intensify throughout January. 29 patients were unable to obtain a bed at Letterkenny University Hospital yesterday morning, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO). […]

Tea party held to mark John’s heart transplant anniversary

Work colleagues in the Radiology Department at Letterkenny University Hospital held a charity tea party to celebrate a wonderful milestone before Christmas. Staff member John Peoples underwent a heart transplant 21 years ago – and to mark the anniversary, he was joined by family members and colleagues at a special event organised by Annamarie Brogan […]

‘Hopes’ of additional budget for LUH in the year ahead

BY JEROME HUGHES THE region’s top health official has expressed ‘hope’ that Letterkenny University Hospital will receive additional funding and staff in 2024. After facing problems in 2023, including overcrowding in the Emergency Department leading to ambulance crews being unable to alight patients, and attracting scathing criticism from GPs and consultants on a range of […]

Over 7,000 euro raised from Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital draw

OVER €7,000 was raised from the Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital annual Christmas draw. The lucky winner of the top prize was Patricia Hunter who is pictured receiving her prize, a 32-inch smart TV from Friends committee member, Allen McCrea. Also in the picture is David Crumlish of Crumlish Appliances, the sponsor of the prize. Advertisement Second […]