A major clean up operation is continuing at Letterkenny General Hospital, following flooding of several sections of the hospital on Friday evening.
It is expected that the extensive clean-up operation will continue for the rest of this weekend and into next week.
The Emergency Department remains closed and patients are being diverted toSligo Regional Hospital and Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.
The hospital is closed to ALL visiting as many areas have been flood damaged and soiled and the hospital wants to avoid risk of contamination and the spread of infection.
Elective Inpatient and Day Case surgery for Monday and Tuesday will be rescheduled for a later date. Endoscopy appointments for Monday will also be rescheduled for a later date.
The HSE says Efforts are continuing to make alternative arrangements for the Orthopaedic and Fracture clinics on Monday and further information will follow tomorrow.
Mr Couse and Dr McSharry’s Monday clinics will be held in the NoWDOC premises in Letterkeny.
Patients with Physiotherapy and Cardiac Investigation appointments on Monday are being rescheduled to a later date. We are currently trying to contact all patients concerned to inform them.
Patients scheduled to attend the Radiology Department this coming week will also be rescheduled to a later date.
This includes patients due for X-Ray appointments and CT, MRI, Ultrasound, and Dexa Scans. We are requesting that patients please do not come into the hospital as this Department has been contaminated by the flood water.
The HSE says it will contact the patients and rearrange their dates as soon as possible. A Radiology Helpline will be open from 9am on Monday on 074 – 9123571.
The HSE says it is likely that further appointment postponements will be required as the extent of the damage is evaluated.
Hospital manager Sean Murphy says there has been significant damage:
Due to the flooding, the Department of Psychiatry based on the campus will be closed for all admissions, voluntary and involuntary.
All admissions, voluntary and involuntary, should be referred to Sligo/Leitrim Mental Health Services, Ballytivnan, Co. Sligo; phone number 071 – 91 42111; Fax number 071 – 91 41825.