The Emergency Department at Letterkenny University Hospital is under “significant pressure” today with high attendances and long waiting times.
There are currently 29 patients on trolleys in the ED awaiting admission to in-patient beds.
Yesterday 145 people attended the Emergency Department.
Management at LUH have also revealed that three wards at the hospital are impacted by Covid-19 outbreaks.
As of 8am this morning there were 21 patients with COVID-19 being treated in the hospital. This is limiting the availability of beds for patients coming in through ED, Saolta said.
The hospital has postponed elective procedures given the pressure on the site and patients have been contacted directly.
A spokesperson said: “All available beds are in use. 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 and postponements 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.”