Letterkenny is third most overcrowded hospital in country
Letterkenny Hospital was the third most overcrowded in the country yesterday in terms of trolley numbers.
According to the HSE, 37 people were on trollies at Letterkenny, including 21 on wards with 16 still waiting for a ward.
Thirteen patients had spent more than 24 hours on a trolley, while 20 were waiting more than 9 hours for a bed.
The high numbers come amid a period of ongoing pressure, with a winter flu and covid-19 outbreak.
Buncrana TD Pádraig MacLochlainn has called on Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly to “tackle the crisis” at Letterkenny.
“I am very concerned by the pressure that Letterkenny University Hospital is under. Staff at the hospital are doing their absolute best but are struggling to cope. As a result, far too many people in Donegal are not receiving the timely care they need.”
“There is clearly an emergency care crisis in acute hospitals and people in Donegal are rightly concerned by the slowness of the government’s response.”
“The level of overcrowding is due to government failure to sufficiently invest in healthcare capacity and staffing over the last decade.”