Pressure on Sligo Regional Hospital should decrease this week following the reopening of an interim Emergency Department at Letterkenny Hospital.
Last week the HSE issued a statement suggesting that emergency and self referrals from South Leitrim should attend Cavan General Hospital instead of Sligo. Sligo Regional Hospital was providing emergency services following the flooding disaster at Letterkenny Hospital. As a result of this, Sligo Hospital was treating up to 100 extra patients a day.
“The increased attendance places additional demands on a whole range of other wards and departments throughout Sligo Regional Hospital,” the HSE said before asking for “assistance” from self referral patients. To alleviate some pressure it said “self referrals patients from South Leitrim who could attend Cavan General Hospital may wish to do so.”
From Tuesday, August 20, the interim Emergency Department at Letterkenny Hospital is now open to all ambulance and GP admissions covering the North and West of Donegal. In effect people will be able to ‘walk-in’ to the hospital and present with an illness.
In a statement the HSE add: “It is anticipated the ED will be open to self–presenting patients from noon on Tuesday 20th August and this will restore the emergency department to walk in patients. Until that time, for any emergency requiring an ambulance please dial 112 or 999 as normal. Non emergency patients should continue to contact their GP in the first instance and should not attend Altnagelvin Hospital.”
Sean Murphy, Hospital Manager said, “We will also be reviewing tomorrow the timetable for increasing our catchment to South Donegal. The delivery of interim Radiology and Emergency Departments capable of managing the workload of one of the country’s busiest Regional emergency hospitals within 21 days is an extraordinary achievement.”
He thanked the “local community who has supported us through the last 21 days and ask for your continued patience and co-operation over the coming days in order to ensure a safe transition to these new interim departments which have had to be effectively built from scratch.”
He also paid tribute to their colleagues in Sligo Regional Hospital, Altnagelvin Hospital and South West Acute Hospital (Enniskillen) for their support in treating our emergency patients.
More information on www.hse.ie