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Letterkenny University Hospital is extremely busy today

The Emergency Department (ED) at Letterkenny University Hospital has been extremely busy over the past few days with high numbers of people attending. Yesterday saw 195 attendances at the Emergency Department with 186 attending on Tuesday, May 2nd.

These high attendances are continuing. As of 3pm today Thursday May 4th  there have been 122 attendances to the Emergency Department. Many of the attendances are patients who are very sick and need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment. There is ongoing pressure on bed availability in the hospital and we regret that many patients are currently experiencing long waiting times to be admitted from the ED to an acute bed in the hospital.

The hospital is also dealing with  significant increase in COVID-19 presentations and admissions. There are currently 19 Covid positive patients being treated at LUH with 2 wards in outbreak.

We are committed to treating everyone who presents at our ED but we do so strictly in order of medical priority. The hospital acknowledges that these delays are very difficult for patients and their families and apologises for the inconvenience and distress these delays cause.

We continue to request that people consider other options for non-emergency care such as Out of Hours GP and pharmacies before attending an ED.

The article above is specific to the following Saolta hospitals:: 
Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH)