ED review underway after patient safety concerns

By Dionne Meehan A SIX week review of Letterkenny University Hospital’s Emergency Department got underway on Friday following concerns for patient safety. This comes after 78 GPs, subsequently backed by 11 consultants, sent written correspondence to the Health Minister Stephen Donnelly imploring him to take urgent action at the hospital’s emergency department amid ‘service collapse’ […]

Sadness at passing of Cancer Bus Charity founder

THE FUNERAL will take place this morning in St. Columba’s Church, Glenswilly of Eamonn McDevitt, Dooen Glebe, Newmills, Glenswilly. Known by many as the founder of the Good and New Cancer Bus Charity, Eamonn peacefully passed away on Saturday in Letterkenny University Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Setting up the charity 23-years-ago, Eamonn worked […]

Two teens killed in Inishowen collision 

Gardaí and emergency services are attending a fatal road traffic collision on the R238 at Terrawee, Gleneely, Co. Donegal, November 6 2023. The single vehicle collision involved a car and occurred at approximately 12:30am. Two occupants of the car, a female and male aged in their late teens, were pronounced deceased at the scene and […]

Worrying delays for ambulances at Letterkenny University Hospital

by Louise Doyle AMBULANCES spent almost 9,000 hours in turnaround times at Letterkenny University Hospital in the first six months of this year. Figures obtained by the Donegal News through a Freedom of Information request show the National Ambulance Service (NAS) spent a total of 8,777 hours in turnaround times at LUH from January to […]

Crunch meeting over radiologist scandal

SAOLTA CEO Tony Canavan will be quizzed at a meeting with Regional Health Forum members tomorrow following the termination of a radiologist’s contract at Letterkenny University Hospital after just ten days. Mr Canavan called the meeting with members of the health forum and Oireachtas members after serious concerns were raised about patient safety. The male […]

New MRI scanner delivered to hospital

A NEW state of the art MRI scanner has this week been delivered to Letterkenny University Hospital and it’s hoped it will be operational by December. The new Philips 1.5 Tesla scanner was delivered on Monday and will be an important addition to the hospital’s Radiology Department. A hospital spokesperson said the new, modern scanner, […]

Health Minister to visit LUH ‘in the coming period’

There has been confirmation today that the HSE’s Performance Management and Improvement Unit is to travel to Letterkenny University Hospital this week to help address ongoing issues at the hospital’s Emergency Department. But while the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly also confirmed plans to visit Letterkenny University Hospital “in the coming period” – a date […]

HSE to appoint specialist team to assess LUH issues

The HSE’s specialist emergency department team is to be appointed to Letterkenny University Hospital to assess and address the ongoing problems at the hospital’s emergency department. The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has asked the HSE’s CEO, Bernard Gloster, to assign the specialist team. According to Donegal minister Charlie McConalogue, it will mean hospital management […]

Hospital crisis: Health Minister confirms plans to visit LUH

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly is to meet with Donegal GP and hospital consultant representatives to discuss their ongoing concerns over patient services in the emergency department at Letterkenny University Hospital. The Minister has also accepted an invitation from his cabinet colleague Minister Charlie McConalogue to visit Letterkenny University Hospital. Minister McConalogue said he […]