781 patients returned after leaving ED early

LETTERKENNY University Hospital had the third highest number of returned patients to its emergency department within the Saolta group. A total of 781 patients came back to the hospital’s emergency department between September to December, 2021. The highest number of patients to return to the hospital was in November (215), followed by October, when 203 […]

Call for cardiac services to be expanded at LUH

INDEPENDENT TD for Donegal Thomas Pringle has said the National Review of Specialist Cardiac Services must recognise the need for such services at Letterkenny University Hospital. Established in 2018, the review is due to be published soon. Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Pringle said that the terms of reference say that the review is, among […]

‘Why the silence on key report into hospital flooding?’

FRUSTRATIONS are mounting over the continued absence of the publication of a report into flooding at Letterkenny’s hospital. A state of emergency had been declared following flooding in July 2013, which caused more than €25 million of damage at the hospital when a local drain burst its banks. The facility’s emergency, radiology, outpatient, medical records […]

Meeting to discuss removal of angiogram service

MUCH anger remains locally in the wake of confirmation that the angiogram service is to be withdrawn from Letterkenny University Hospital in May. A special meeting to discuss the future of cardiology services at LUH has been called for by Councillor Ciaran Brogan. He raised his concerns at this week’s committee meeting of the HSE’s […]

Photos reveal level of overcrowding at LUH

ZERO-tolerance to overcrowding in Letterkenny University Hospital has been called for in the wake of photographs showing patients sitting on the floor. The images emerged this week revealing the level of overcrowding at the hospital as patients endure extreme waiting times. The number of people attending LUH’s emergency department in January and February increased by […]

LUH ‘severely impacted’ by increase in Covid patients

VISITING restrictions remain in place at Letterkenny University Hospital as the site continues to be ‘severely impacted’ by Covid-19. The hospital is seeing a significant increase in Covid-19 positive admissions and attendances, while also dealing with high volumes of non-Covid patients. There are 84 patients with Covid-19 being treated in the hospital today. Currently, there […]

Day surgeries cancelled amid hospital Covid-19 outbreak

A NUMBER of elective surgeries have been cancelled at Letterkenny University Hospital due to the mounting pressures of Covid-19. All day surgeries due to take place today (Friday) and next week have been postponed. All routine inpatient surgeries scheduled for next week have also been postponed. Time sensitive, urgent cases will proceed when it is […]