The new bloc at Letterkenny University Hospital is now facing ward closures over fire safety concerns.
The HSE has confirmed the emergency department and medical bloc at the hospital needs fireproofing works, despite the fact that it has a modern fire alarm detection system and significant fire protection measures. However, the HSE is stressing there is no question of the building being a potential fire trap.
The works have been planned for some time, and predate the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London.
Today’s Donegal News is reporting that the bloc will close on a phased basis later in the year to facilitate the works.
There are three wards on the bloc with a total of 72 beds, 48 of them single en suite rooms.