LUH manager encouraged by surveillance testing results

Highland Radio, Donegal, Letterkenny, Hospital, Trolleys

The manager of Letterkenny University Hospital says initial results from the mass testing of staff are promising, but it is far too early to be complacent about the future.

The hospital has had one of the highest Covid-19 admittance rates in the country in recent weeks, there are currently 38 patients with Covid-19 being cared for at the hospital and as of Friday last, there were 68 confirmed cases of the virus amongst staff with a further 54 staff members off work as they were symptomatic or deemed a close contact.

Sean Murphy says recruitment continues to be a problem, and all but the most urgent surgeries are being cancelled.

On the issue of surveillance testing, he said the initial results are encouraging, but the process is at a very early stage............