Hospital takes 100 plus extra A&E patients

PATIENT. . . . .14 years-old Kathlyn McFeeley pictured getting her pulse taken by Staff Nurse Paula Gallogly at Altnagelvin Hospital yesterday afternoon. Included in photo is Kathlyn's mum Caroline and Student Nurse Michaela O'Kane. DER3113JM070
PATIENT. . . . .14 years-old Kathlyn McFeeley pictured getting her pulse taken by Staff Nurse Paula Gallogly at Altnagelvin Hospital yesterday afternoon. Included in photo is Kathlyn's mum Caroline and Student Nurse Michaela O'Kane. DER3113JM070

Altnagelvin Hospital has received more than 100 emergency patients from Donegal since Letterkenny General Hospital was devastated by flooding a week ago.

A spokesperson for the Western Trust said last night the Derry hospital continues to admit critically ill patients from Donegal as 40% of Letterkenny hospital remains out of commission.

However, it’s understood that the 12 hour waiting time limit at Altnagelvin A and E has not been breached since last Friday evening’s emergency in Letterkenny. The Trust spokesperson said staff at the Derry facility were “coping admirably” with the extra workload. He added that the Western Trust remained in “close contact” with colleagues in Letterkenny throughout the week.

Letterkenny General Hospital (LGH), which has the sixth highest level of emergency admissions in the Republic, is effectively closed to inpatient admissions with Altnagelvin - as well as Sligo and Enniskillen hospitals - accepting patients in its catchment. It could take up to a year to repair the damage at LGH.