The hospital says it will try to contact patients but anyone due to attend Letterkenny General today should try to contact the hospital beforehand.
And they have asked people to stay away from A&E unless absolutely necessary.
The hospital can be contacted at 074 9125888.
“We regret any inconvenience that these measures may cause and we would like to thank the public for their help and co-operation,” it said in a statement.
There has been a large number of admissions to A&E.
Today a nurse at the hospital told donegaldaily: “We don’t have the staff or the facilities to cope; simple as that.
“The situation is intolerable and cannot continue. Morale is very very low.”
Another member of staff who contacted us fumed: “We are at breaking point. We do our best with what we have but there is only so much we can do.
“Many of us are at breaking point.”
The latest shut-down at Letterkenny general comes after a senior medic warned that patients will be at risk unless the Health Service Executive immediately clarified which hospital emergency departments across the State would be able to remain open around the clock from July 11th.
Dr John McInerney, spokesman for the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine, which represents consultants working in emergency medicine, said a survey carried out by him and his colleagues had found several emergency departments would be short of junior doctors from that date, when junior doctors rotate posts as part of their training – and Letterkenny is on that list.
“Patients could be harmed or even die if this is not sorted out in the next three weeks,” he warned.Tags: