Donegal GPs given communication assurances

GPs in Donegal have been given assurances that lines of communication with Letterkenny University Hospital will be improved and kept open. “That’s always a challenge but it’s certainly an area that we needed to do more work on, and we will be doing more work on,” Saolta CEO, Tony Canavan, told the Donegal News. Health […]

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 […]

Almost 60 patients on trolleys at LUH

There are almost 60 patients waiting on trolleys at Letterkenny University Hospital this morning. There are 21 patients on trolleys in the emergency department and 36 patients without beds elsewhere in the hospital. On Friday LUH was dealing with outbreaks of Covid-19 on two of the wards. Nationwide 747 patients, including 32 children, been admitted […]

New policy for family carers launched at LUH

A NEW initiative that ensures family carers are welcome at Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH) has been launched. LUH has become the first hospital in the country to implement a new policy for patients and their carers, based on “John’s Campaign”. This development gives carers access to their loved one outside of general visiting times and […]

Pringle: Government must address LUH recruitment issues

Independent TD for Donegal, Thomas Pringle, has called on Government to address recruitment and retention issues at Letterkenny University Hospital, highlighting GPs’ and consultants’ warnings of a “service collapse” in a letter to the minister. Addressing the Tánaiste in the Dáil today, Deputy Pringle said: “I know Minister Donnelly received a letter two weeks ago […]

Major recruitment drive at Letterkenny University Hospital

A MAJOR recruitment drive for over 80 new healthcare staff is underway at Letterkenny University Hospital in an attempt to ensure safe staffing levels across the hospital. Under the national initiative for Implementation Of Framework for Safe Nurse Staffing And Skill Mix, Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH) has recently received approval for a total of 78 new […]

Dublin Port closes to transport mobile MRI unit to LUH

DUBLIN Port tunnel was closed on Saturday morning to allow for a mobile MRI unit to be transported through it on its way to Letterkenny University Hospital. The hospital secured the mobile MRI unit for the duration of major installation works of a new machine to replace the existing MRI scanner, which is currently end of life and due […]

Emergency department facing challenging times

A TOTAL of 1,259 people left Letterkenny University Hospital’s emergency department before their treatments were completed, over the period from January to the end of May this year. This week, figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (IMNO) have again highlighted the challenges facing one of the most overcrowded hospitals in the country. Yesterday […]