Letterkenny General’s Emergency Department re-opens after flooding

 

The Emergency Department at Letterkenny General Hospital returned to normal at 11pm last night after a clean up following last evening's flooding.

The reception and administrative areas experienced a low level of flooding due to water leaking into these areas but clinical areas in the ED and hospital services in general were not affected.

The hospital’s ED went off call for three hours from 8pm to 11pm to expedite the clean up.

Flooding in the roadway and car park has partly abated and people are advised to use extreme caution if coming to the ED.

The emergency services remain at the scene in anticipation of more heavy rainfall.

An investigation into the cause of the flood has already started.

This is the 3rd major flood at the new wing of Letterkenny General Hospital, Councillor and HSE West member Gerry McMonagle has called for an inquiry into the sustainable future of the facility:

Meanwhile, the public is reminded that visiting the Short Stay Ward in the hospital has been suspended for the time being due to cases of norovirus on the ward.

If relatives are concerned about patients on this ward, a nominated person from each family can liaise with the Clinical Nurse Manager on the ward regarding planned visiting. The contact number is 074 912 5888, extension 4084.

People who have vomiting and diarrhoea symptoms should not attend the hospital but should contact their GP in the first instance if they have serious concerns.