Letterkenny Univeristy Hospital implements full capacity protocol for second day running

 

Letterkenny General Hospital facing ward closures
Letterkenny General Hospital facing ward closures

Letterkenny Univeristy Hospital has implemented the full capacity protocol for the second day in a row due to overcrowding in its Emergency Department.

Yesterday, there were 19 people awaiting admission in Letterkenny, according to the INMO.

This morning, there were 16 people awaiting admission, 12 of them on Emergency Department trolleys.

In a statement, the Hospital says there is significant numbers of patients awaiting admission to the hospital. They apologise to patients and their families for these delays.

The Full Capacity Protocol has been implemented and all efforts continue to be made to identify patients who are appropriate for discharge.

They have also deferred some non urgent elective procedures. They apologise to patients for the distress this deferral may cause.

Management at the hospital would like to again advise people who are attending the Emergency Department at Letterkenny University Hospital that they can expect delays.

They would like to remind the public that we encourage them to attend the Emergency Department only in the case of real emergencies and they should contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance.