UPDATE

Following today’s figures released by the INMO, where 32 patients were reported to be waiting on trolleys and ‘in wards’, manager of Letterkenny General Sean Murphy has admitted that they are experiencing above average numbers today (Wednesday).

Members of the public are once again being asked to avoid the Emergency Dept. if possible and to contact their GP or Out of Hours GP first.

This is not the first time that members of the public have been asked to avoid the Emergency Department and the general public are becoming increasingly frustrated as Letterkenny General appears to struggle with high numbers of patients.

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Overcrowding continues to be a problem at Letterkenny General today as the latest Irish Nurse and Midwives Organisation (INMO) figures show that there are currently 32 people on trolleys or in wards in the hospital – 21 people are classified as either being treated or awaiting treatment on trolleys while a further 11 are ‘in wards’.

Overcrowding has often been a problem at the hospital and last month the Emergency Department of the hospital requested members of the public to avoid attending the Emergency Dept. unless absolutely necessary as they struggled to cope with an influx of patients, around the same time last month it was also reported that up to 20 patients were on trolleys.

Letterkenny General is the third hospital in the country to have such high numbers today (Wednesday), Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore currently has a total of 34 while Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda has a total of 43 patients on trolleys and ‘in wards’ today.

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