Letterkenny University Hospital has apologised to patients who had to wait in ambulances outside before being admitted to the hospital yesterday.

The hospital said a sustained level of suspected or confirmed Covid-19 patients presenting for treatment, resulted in few beds being available.

The Hospital said that an extremely busy weekend involving large numbers of confirmed or suspected Covid-19 patients presenting for treatment resulted in delays in admitting some patients through to the dedicated Covid19 zone in the hospital.

Ambulances carrying patients queued outside waiting to be seen.

The Hospital said in response to this serious situation, clinical teams assessed the patients in the ambulances outside, to ensure they were treated in clinical priority.

It said that while ambulances were delayed on Sunday afternoon, they continued to be released over the course of the evening.

A representative of the INMO said it was “exceptionally concerned” about the situation and that before 9 o’clock last night, there were up to 7 ambulances waiting

Letterkenny University Hospital has now secured extra staff to allow it to open a further 11 beds

It apologised to the affected patients for the distress the delays may have caused and acknowledged what it called the huge efforts of its staff.

Source:
https://www.rte.ie/news/2021/0111/1188842-letterkenny-covid-overcrowding/

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