Letterkenny General Hospital is accepting new medical patients this morning, it has been confirmed.
From 1pm until 8.30pm yesterday, Monday, the ambulance service was asked to bypass Letterkenny General Hospital and bring “medically stable” patients to Sligo Regional Hospital “in the interests of patient safety.”
In a statement issued by the hospital this morning, a spokesperson confirmed medically unstable patients, walk-in patients, paediatric and orthopaedic patients “were not affected and these patients were all seen at Letterkenny General Hospital.”
They added; “Local GPs were also asked to refer medically stable patients to Sligo Regional Hospital from 9am yesterday, August 4th until 9am this morning, August 5th.”
The spokesperson confirmed the hospital took the step in the interests of patient safety as it was not possible to have the required level of non-consultant hospital doctors (NCHDs) in the hospital to cover the day shift.
The hospital said they regretted any inconvenience caused to patients and their families.
“Normal service has been restored. However, the 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. We would like to thank the public and our GPs, the ambulance service and our colleagues in Sligo Regional hospital for their cooperation.”