Hospital had second worst March on record 

THE number of people waiting for beds in Letterkenny hospital last month was the second highest March figure since records began. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said nationally the level of overcrowding in some hospitals was “out of control” and could not be allowed to continue into the summer. The INMO launched its ‘Trolley […]

Elective surgeries postponed as LUH ‘extremely busy’

SOME elective surgeries at Letterkenny Univeristy Hospital have been postponed due to high numbers of people attending and lack of bed availability.  Monday saw 167 attendances at the Emergency Department with over 150 attending yesterday March 30th. As of 9am this morning there are 34 patients awaiting a bed in ED with high attendances continuing this […]

Hospital’s emergency department records busiest day

PEOPLE attending Letterkenny University Hospital are being warned that it remains extremely busy today with long wait times at the emergency department. The department saw a record number of attendances yesterday (Monday) with 203 people through the door. A spokesperson for hospital group Saolta said, “The hospital is advising that patients who attend the emergency […]

Letterkenny University Hospital ‘under significant pressure’

The Emergency Department at Letterkenny University Hospital is under significant pressure today with high attendances and long waiting times. Yesterday 154 people attended the Emergency Department. The high number of people attending who need to be admitted for ongoing treatment means that there is pressure on bed availability. Advertisement This is resulting in significant delays […]

Eighteen people on trolleys at LUH

There are currently 18 people awaiting beds at Letterkenny University Hospital this morning.  Eleven of the patients are in the emergency department while seven are on wards elsewhere in the hospital. Nationally, 532 admitted patients are waiting for beds this morning, according to today’s INMO Trolley Watch. 403 patients are waiting in the emergency department, […]

Saolta paid €400,000 to consultancy firm

A consultancy firm hired to facilitate workshops between Saolta management and staff at Letterkenny University Hospital was paid more than €400,000 for its services. Ernst & Young spent five months last year working on the project in a bid to improve communication channels between the two bodies. For every week it spent working on the issue the London-headquartered firm received almost €20,000. […]

Saolta monitoring new variant

SAOLTA University Health Care Group says it is monitoring the arrival of a new variant of Covid-19. Hundreds of cases of the new Omicron variant XE have been detected in England. As of March 22, 637 cases of XE had been detected. The UK Health Security Agency said it was studying XE – a mutation of […]

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 […]

Winter pressures having major impact on hospital

LETTERKENNY University Hospital is treating more people than ever before as extreme winter pressures are having a major impact on the health service.  A range of factors including the impact of winter and the high numbers in hospital and attending ED are leading to a very high demand on both hospital and community services. Referring to the […]