Flood risk at hospital had been flagged in new ED planning conditions

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It’s emerged that the risk of flooding in the new wing at Letterkenny General Hospital had been flagged over 10 years ago.
The Donegal News has seen documents which indicate that one of the planning conditions attached to the new Emergency Department building was that before work began, flood attenuation measures were to be agreed with the Letterkenny Town Engineer. However, it seems that never happened.
Meanwhile, the HSE is being urged to produce a time scale and implementation plan regarding the restoration of all services at the hospital following the serious flooding which hit the facility two weeks ago today.
A major clean up operation has continued after the flood, which has knocked out 40% of the hospital’s capacity.
Visiting has now been restored for the remaining patients, and temporary radiology and scanning equipment is being commissioned to facilitate a temporary Emergency Department.
Donegal North East Deputy Charlie Mc Conalouge is welcoming these developments, but says it’s time to prepare for the restoration of a full hospital service……….


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