The HSE says a waiting list for ultrasound scans at Letterkenny General Hospital should be cleared wihin six weeks, after extra sessions were organised and an imaging room dedicated to the backlog.
A direct referral system has been in place for three years between Donegal Primary Care, GPs in the county and the hospital. However, the HSE says since February, a backlog has developed, with 550 GP referrals awaiting scans at the moment.
The HSE says the waiting list grew due to a number of factors, including staff on maternity leave and an increase in GP referrals. Outpatient ultrasounds and emergency referrals continued to be carried out as normal.