The HSE tonight issued a strongly-worded statement after reports earlier today suggested that staff lost patient files.
And the HSE revealed the files actually belonged to THE PATIENT whose name was on it – and it was the patient who accidentally left them in the car park.
Hospital staff say they are delighted the slur has been cleared up.
A spokesman said tonight: “On 12 July, correspondence belonging to visitors to Letterkenny General Hospital was handed in to the Day Services reception at Letterkenny General Hospital.
“The correspondence, which contained a copy of a patient’s medical notes and a separate folder relating to the same patient, was the property of the visitors and not the property of Letterkenny General Hospital.
“The correspondence had been accidently left by the visitors on top of a bin in the car park payment area as they were leaving the hospital. The owners returned to the hospital a short time later and retrieved their property.”
The spokesman stressed: “No medical records belonging to Letterkenny General Hospital were lost or misplaced.”