Letterkenny University Hospital is under significant pressure today with high attendances and long waiting times, Saolta has confirmed.
Yesterday 113 people attended the Emergency Department.
With all available beds in use, there are currently 43 patients on trolleys between the Emergency Department and other areas in the hospital.
Patients are facing significant delays in the Emergency Department as they wait on beds on wards.
“The hospital is reviewing all elective procedures given the pressure on the site. Patients will be contacted directly if their procedure is postponed,” said a statement from Saolta.
“In addition the hospital continues to be impacted by COVID-19. As of 8am this morning there were 11 patients with COVID-19 being treated in the hospital.
“Every effort is being made to discharge patients who are ready to go home so that beds will become available for patients who need to be admitted, at the earliest opportunity.
“The hospital acknowledges that these delays are very difficult for patients and their families and apologises for the inconvenience and distress these delays cause.
“The hospital is committed to treating everyone who presents at the Emergency Department; people who are seriously injured or ill are assessed and treated as a priority and those who do not require urgent care may be waiting longer. If your health problem is not an emergency you should contact your GP during normal surgery hours or the NoWDOC GP out of hours service, in the first instance.”