Management at Letterkenny General Hospital have said they are trying their best to cope with a spike in patient numbers at the hospital.
Donegal Daily revealed last night how there was severe overcrowding at the hospital.
And tody the HSE issued a statement to say they have introduced a series of measures to cope withat that demand for services.
The statement said “In common with a number of other hospitals throughout the country, the Emergency Department at Letterkenny General Hospital is very busy today.
“Members of the public are reminded to keep the Emergency Department for emergencies and to contact their GP or GP Out of Hours services in the first instance.
“The spike in the level of activity over the past few days is due both to the number of patients presenting to the hospital and the dependency level of the patients who are presenting or are already in hospital.
“There are currently 20 patients on trolleys awaiting admission and the hospital is working strenuously to ensure access to beds.”
Measures that are being pursued in order to ensure that every patient who presents to the hospital is treated in a timely and safe manner include:
• Each patient is being reviewed by their attending consultant with a view to expediting discharges.
• Consultant led rounds twice daily driven by Bed Management meetings.
• Prioritising diagnostics for in-patients.
• Scheduled in-patient admissions are being deferred until a later date.
• Escalation beds are being commissioned to accommodate additional patients.
• There is on-going engagement with colleagues in PCCC and Community Hospitals with regard to transferring patients who require residential care but who do not require secondary care any longer.
• Private nursing homes will be considered if insufficient capacity is available in PCCC.
The overall situation is being kept under constant review.