High level of ill patients at LUH resulting in severe delays

 

Letterkenny University Hospital is extremely busy today including the Emergency Department, the Medical Assessment Unit and the wards.

The hospital has admitted a significant number of ill patients recently, many of whom remain in the ED and in the Medical Assessment Unit awaiting a bed.

The hospital is carrying out additional consultant ward rounds to facilitate early discharges to free up capacity for today and the weekend.

Management would like to remind the public that they 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.

Staff are committed to treating everyone who presents at our ED but they do so strictly in order of medical priority and apologise for the long wait times currently.

Management has also thanked staff who are working extremely hard at this time.