Dungloe hospital plans to resume taking respite admissions within the next two weeks.
Following a review of the management of the CRE incident in Dungloe hospital the HSE has decided that it is now possible to begin the incremental restoration of services provided by the hospital. The first step in the process will start in about two weeks when Dungloe will begin to admit those requiring respite care.
This will significantly help to reduce the demand that has been placed on Falcarragh Community Hospital since the onset of this outbreak.
If it is demonstrated on further assessment that the Dungloe hospital’s current infection control procedures are managing with this additional activity, the HSE will then consider increasing admissions further.
For the present, in order for the public to continue to help and support the current infection control procedures, visiting will remain restricted within Dungloe Hospital in its current format.
A spokesperson for the HSE said “The situation in Dungloe with regards to CRE has been brought under control only by the work and cooperation of staff within Dungloe Hospital, the local Public Health Nurses, local GPs and local Practice Nurses, all allied healthcare professionals linked to Dungloe Hospital, staff in Falcarragh, staff in Letterkenny University Hospital , and also most importantly the assistance of the residents of Dungloe Hospital and their families. Controlling CRE is important to protect the health of the residents and it requires a lot of work which is a slow process and therefore it will require some additional time before we can open the hospital completely”.