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Statement re: Letterkenny University Hospital

Letterkenny University Hospital

It has been an extremely busy weekend at Letterkenny University Hospital. Throughout the weekend there has been a large number of patients presenting with suspect or confirmed COVID 19, many of whom required admission to the hospital.

As a result of the sustained level of these presentations over the course of today, the hospital has had few beds available, which has resulted in delays in admission specifically for patients going to the dedicated COVID 19 zone. As part of the hospital’s response to this serious situation, clinical teams assessed patients who were delayed being admitted from the ambulance. This was to ensure that patients were treated in clinical priority. The hospital has secured additional staff this evening, which is enabling it to open a further 11 beds in order to respond to the demand. While there were ambulances delayed late this afternoon, over the course of the evening they have, and continue to be released.

The hospital would like to apologise to patients for the distress that these delays cause and would like to acknowledge the huge effort of its staff.

The article above is specific to the following Saolta hospitals:: 
Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH)