Outpatient clinics deferred as 238 new cases in Donegal


Letterkenny University Hospital is deferring all but very urgent and time critical inpatient and day surgery from today January 5th. Outpatient clinics will also be restricted however some of these will take place virtually unless it is absolutely necessary for patients to be seen. These measures are been taken to help the hospital manage the […]


New maternity theatre opens in LUH


A NEW purpose-built maternity theatre has finally opened at Letterkenny General Hospital, sixteen years after the Obstetrics unit was completed in 2004. The first three planned caesarean section births took place on Thursday with another list scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday. Dr Kevin Bailey, Consultant Anaesthetist, said they were ‘very pleased’ that the new maternity theatre […]


LUH plans to re-introduce full schedule of services


  LETTERKENNY University Hospital plans to re-introduce its full schedule of elective services from Monday, January 4. It follows confirmation that the number of inpatients with Covid-19 and staff levels impacted by the outbreaks in recent days have fallen. Advertisement As of Thursday evening (December 10) there were 24 confirmed Covid-19 positive in-patients in LUH […]


Letterkenny hospital forced to cancel operations


A NUMBER of planned surgeries scheduled to take place at Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH) over the coming weeks have been cancelled due to Covid-related pressures. It follows confirmation that three patients remain in the hospital’s intensive care unit last evening. Mr Sean Murphy, General Manager, said the number of Covid cases rising in the community […]


Retiring consultant casts cold eye on health service


A leading hospital consultant has admitted that the failings of the Health Service left him both frustrated and depressed for much of the past decade. Mr Peter O’Rourke, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Letterkenny University Hospital, recently retired after an eventful twenty-three year career in Donegal. Unacceptable waiting lists and cancellations have been cited as […]


Davy is walking the walk for two great local causes


WELL known Letterkenny man Davy Cowan is walking the highways and byways of Donegal this week to raise money for the Oncology and Neo Natal wards at Letterkenny University Hospital. Davy, who recently retired from his job in Optum Ireland, had initially planned to do a sponsored walk between Galway and Letterkenny in March. Due […]


Cases among young people and along border on the rise


THE GP and Clinical Lead of the Covid hub centre in Letterkenny has warned the situation remains fragile and what we do now is going to influence the next wave. While Donegal has the second-highest 14-day incidence rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 population nationally, Dr Paul Armstrong said the situation could change quickly. “The […]


Electric vehicles are great but the problem is…


  DONEGAL Local Link driver Jackie Holmes purchased the first fully electric wheelchair access hackney in Europe two years ago. Mr Holmes works as a Renal Dialysis driver and he takes passengers between Letterkenny University Hospital and their homes across the Inishowen peninsula three times a week. Advertisement The innovative zero emission hackney offers full […]


Man dies after two-car collision outside Creeslough


A TEENAGER has died following a two-car collision on the N56 between Creeslough and Portnablagh last night.The incident happened  at around 9.30pm and the 19-year-old man, who was a passenger in one of the cars, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car and another passenger, both men in their 20s, were […]


Letterkenny based nurse making headlines back at home


A THEATRE nurse at Letterkenny University Hospital is helping young, poor students in the Philippines acquire tablets for the upcoming school year’s blended learning system. Aldrin Licayan (28) said he started his campaign after finding out on social media that many school children in his native country, particularly those living in the provinces, cannot afford […]