Disabled Donegal teenager who was brain injured at birth receives €1.5m


THE High Court has approved an interim settlement of €1.5 million in the case of a now 15-year-old girl who was brain injured at birth. The payment brings to €4.5m the total paid out so far in the case of Letterkenny teenager, Sarah McFeely. It was the fourth interim payment since she first settled her […]


Arranmore RNLI carry out two medical evacuations


ARRANMORE RNLI carried out two medical evacuations over the weekend, one on Saturday and one yesterday. On each of the two days the voluntary crew of lifeboat Myrtle Maud responded to the two calls to assist in transferring patients to Burtonport to awaiting ambulances to take them to Letterkenny University Hospital. The first on Saturday […]


Calls for Minor Injury Clinic in Letterkenny


THE Health Service Executive is being urged to open a local Minor Injury Unit (MIU) following the publication of figures that reveal Letterkenny University Hospital recorded its highest ever number of patients waiting for beds in the month of April. According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, LUH had 594 patients admitted to hospital […]


Letterkenny University Hospital warns of possible delays this weekend


LETTERKENNY University Hospital has warned of possible delays this weekend as “necessary upgrades” are carried out to the ICT system that manages patient activity in the hospital. This upgrade will improve links with LUH and other hospitals and community services in the region. “It is expected that some delays will arise for patients at our […]


Hospital manager vows change in emergency department delays


By Louise Doyle THE manager of Letterkenny University Hospital has said “significant progress” has been made to improve patient flow through the emergency department. Mr Sean Murphy was speaking in response to the findings of an inspection report carried out by the health watchdog which found prolonged waiting times in the hospital’s emergency department. Advertisement The […]


Almost 600 patients on trolleys in LUH in April


by Louise Doyle LETTERKENNY University Hospital had almost 600 patients on trolleys in April. Figures by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) show more than 11,070 patients, including 258 children, were admitted to hospital without a bed in April. Advertisement LUH was the fifth overcrowded hospital, with 594 patients on trolleys last month. University Hospital […]


Gravity of missed outpatient appointments at LUH revealed


by Louise Doyle MORE than 1, 800 patients did not attend their outpatient appointment in Letterkenny University Hospital in the first three months of this year. Last week we revealed how 102 patients failed to show up for their outpatient appointment in LUH in the week beginning April 8. Advertisement But the gravity and scale of […]


4,311 hospital cancellations at Letterkenny Hospital last year “not acceptable”


Sinn Féin’s Pádraig MacLochlainn TD and Pearse Doherty TD have revealed that Letterkenny hospital cancellations numbered 4,311 last year. The Donegal Deputies said that the Government’s lack of a plan for overcrowding was impacting directly on waiting lists through cancellations. They said that the Government was shifting the problem from emergency departments to waiting lists, […]


102 patients failed to attend outpatient appointment at LUH


by Louise Doyle MORE than 100 patients did not attend their outpatient appointment at Letterkenny University Hospital in the week beginning April 8. A photograph taken of a board in the Outpatients Department shows 102 patients did not turn up for their appointment. Advertisement Failing to cancel an outpatient appointment means that another patient who […]