An emergency situation has been declared at Letterkenny General Hospital which is currently closed due to flooding.
A major clean up operation is continuing at Letterkenny Hospital, following the flooding of several sections of the hospital last Friday evening, July 26. The hospital is understood to remain closed for the next two weeks, while the new accident and emergency unit could be shut for up to nine months as the extensive clean up continues. The hospital wants to avoid the risk of contamination and the spread of infection.
Speaking in Donegal on Sunday night last, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the flood damage is “far worse” than first thought. He said the floods, “destroyed a first class medical facility”. The damage is “very substantial - records lost, MRI machine, diagnostics laboratory, walls to be stripped and decontaminated. He stated that “It means, effectively, that Letterkenny General Hospital will be out of operation for a considerable time”.
A contingency plan is in place. A spokesperson for the HSE said on Monday, July 29 “Patient safety and welfare is our paramount concern. The hospital remains closed to all visiting. We would like to reassure the general public that all patients currently in the hospital are being cared for in a safe manner.”
Emergency admissions are being diverted to Sligo and Altnagelvin Hospitals and necessary ambulance support is in place to support this requirement. All elective inpatient, day case surgery and endoscopy will be rescheduled, Orthopaedic fracture clinics are being relocated to Donegal Community Hospital. Surgical and Medical Out-Patient clinics are being relocated to the NowDoc Centre. Paediatric and Gynae out-patient clinics will be going ahead as normal in Letterkenny Hospital. Patients scheduled to attend the Radiology Department including X-Ray, CT, MRI, Ultrasound, and Dexa Scans can call the helpline: 074 - 9123571. Updates on hse.ie