Update – Hospital Manager says final cost of post flood restoration will run into millions

The final cost of repairing Letterkenny General Hospital will run into millions.
Following a phased opening since the weekend, the interim Emergency Department at the hospital opened to walk-in patients this afternoon, three weeks after the severe flooding at the end of July which forced the closure of several departments
General Manager Sean Murphy says the final cost of the damage isn’t yet known…………

Letterkenny General Hospital’s interim Emergency Department has opened to walk in patients following the phased opening of the facility at the weekend.
The facility, which includes temporary x-ray and scanning facilities is located in a series of pre-fabs at the side of the main building, just below the entrance to the original A&E department at the hospital.
It’s anticipated the Emergency Department will be open to self–presenting patients from 12 noon today, and this will restore the emergency department to walk in patients.
This will be one of the most significant elements of the hospital’s recovery from the floods which devastated the facility at the end of July.
The interim Emergency Department opened at the weekend to ambulances from Letterkenny, Fanad and Inishowen, and by last evening, it was accepting all ambulances, NowDoc referrals and GP referrals from all of the West and North of the county.
Management are now reviewing their timetable for re-opening the hospital to emergency admissions from the entire county.
General Manager Sean Murphy has paid tribute to hospital staff and contractors, saying the delivery of interim Radiology and Emergency Departments capable of managing the workload of one of the country’s busiest Regional emergency hospitals within 21 days is an extraordinary achievement.