Letterkenny General Hospital

 

Letterkenny General Hospital

A Satelitte unit of a Centre of Excellence

DACC acknowledge & give credit to Minister Harney, An Tanaiste & other public represenatives for having the foresight & vision in setting up this wonderful system recognising Donegal’s unique geographical location and Minister Harney’s foresight in coming up with an innovative solution to what is a critical problem in the remotest area.

Unique geographical circumstances that relate to Donegal” Minister Mary Harney

Interim Director of the National Cancer Control Programme, Professor Tom Keane,  told the Oireachtas Health Committee that cancer services at Letterkenny General Hospital were first-rate.
Professor Keane on issues relating to cancer services at Letterkenny General and he said the two surgeons in Letterkenny are excellent and that they are suported by a wonderful team.
“He pointed to the work being done by the oncology nurse in Letterkenny in the administration of chemotherapy. He said she is a model of advanced practice nurse in oncology and the work she is doing represents the future of how chemotherapy will be delivered in this country,”
Professor Keane said that the satellite service in Letterkenny represented a “key component” of the Galway satellite link.
10th November

Letterkenny General Hospital, through it’s link with Galway University Hospital is part of a

 Centre of Excellence recognised and acknowledge by Minister Mary Harney.

DACC compliments Health Minister Mary Harney and other public represenatives for recognising Donegal’s unique geographical location in designating Letterkenny General Hospital as a Centre of Excellence and establishing it as a satelite link to Galway University Hospital.

With the HSE developing a partnership approach to health care in Letterkenny General Hospital

 serving the population of the North West on a Cross Border basis.

“DACC have a Donegal bias and make no apology for it”

Letterkenny General Hospital is at the hub of the North West.

We are calling on  Minister Mary Harney and Prof. Tom Keane to ensure that Radiotherapy is at Letterkenny General Hospital building on the excellent services that already exist.

Vision- National Cancer Forum 2006

‘Ireland will have a system of cancer control which will reduce our cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality rates relative to other EU15 countries by 2015. Irish people will know and practice health-promoting and cancer-preventing behaviours and will have increased awareness of and access to early cancer detection and screening. Ireland will have a network of equitably accessible state-of-the-art cancer treatment facilities and we will become an internationally recognised location for education and research into all aspects of cancer.’                                

 A Partnership approach-                                                         

Developing A Model of Good Practice.

(In keeping with the National Cancer Strategy –

Ireland will have a system of cancer control which will reduce our cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality rates relative to other EU15 countries by 2015. Irish people will know and practice health promoting and cancer-preventing behaviours and will have increased awareness of and access to early cancer detection and screening. Ireland will have a network of equitably accessible state-of-the-art

Cancer treatment facilities and we will become an internationally recognised location for education and research into all aspects of cancer.’

Listed below is a brief overview of the excellent services we have at

Letterkenny General Hospital.

Existing Structures at Letterkenny General Hospital.

Letterkenny General Hospital and the HSE are the main partners developing a cancer care partnership of excellence. Letterkenny General Hospital being the hub around which the cancer services for the area are driven. Services are drawn to this magnet centre of excellence in Letterkenny based on the vision of excellence outlined in the National Cancer Strategy and reinforced more recently by Prof. Keane and other eminent cancer experts combined with the competency existing in and added to the hospital.

The basic elements of this Centre of Excellence to a very significant degree already exists in Letterkenny General Hospital because of the foresight of the HSE in building up this facility over the last five years providing capital infrastructure and medical expertise.

Such is the belief in these excellent services and expertise that considerable investment has been made on an ongoing basis by the people of Donegal through voluntary fund-raising and donations.

The Oncology Department of Letterkenny General Hospital can always benifit from donations.   Please note that if you wish your donation to be spent on Oncology you must state that in writing.                                                                                         

Please find below total of donation from 2002 to 2007 to the Hospital Wards/Departments & also through the Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital.

YEAR

Donations to Hospital Wards/Departments

Donations to Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital

TOTAL

2002

€108,293.44

€131,113.00

€239,406.44

 

 

 

 

2003

€201,937.20

€104,532.00

€306,469.20

 

 

 

 

2004

€216290.82

€210,258.00

€426,548.82

 

 

 

 

2005

€258,320.97

€474,677.00

€732,997.97

 

 

 

 

2006

€495,278.35

€339,136.00

€834414.35

 

 

 

 

2007

€336,674.02

€245,464.00

€582,138.00

These donations/fundraising were not solely for cancer services – many were for areas such as Children’s Services etc.

Fund-raising for equipment and facilities for Letterkenny General Hospital since 1992.

  • The CAT Scan appeal which raised over €625,000 in less than two years.
  • €100,000 provided for a Lithotripter and scopes to allow Consultants/Surgeons to gain access to kidney stones and break them down without the need for open surgery.
  • €25,000 provided for Patients Comfort.
  • €10,000 provided for the purchase of a bus for the patients in  St. Conal’s/Letterkenny Hospitals.
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation equipment- €100,000.
  • Purchase on an Oncology Bus to take terminally patients to Dublin- €127,000.
  • Ultrasound scanner for gynaecology ward- €50,000.
  • €31,000 for Sensory Garden Medical Rehabilitation Unit.
  • Mini –Bus for psychiatric patients-€46,000
  • Additional to this list is the Dexa Scanner which was purchased in December 07.

 

In addition to this list a further 50 pieces of equipment have been purchased by donations to the Hospital Wards/ Departments from 2003 to 2007.

A list of Excellent Cancer Services available at

Letterkenny General Hospital

  • Consultant Breast Surgeon- x 1
  • Consultant Surgeon with special interest in Urology- x 1
  • Consultant Haematologist- x 1
  • Consultant Oncologist – x 1
  • Consultant Radiologists-x 5
  • Consultant Pathologists- x3
  • Consultant Palliative Care-x 1
  • Consultant Radiological Oncologist visiting one day per week.
  • Direct referral pathway to tertiary radiological centres in St Luke’s in Dublin and Belfast City Hospital.
  • Specialist Nursing available in:           flowers with aniamted butterflies
  •                                                                                                              
  • Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Oncology.
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Haematology.
  • CNS in Oncology.
  • CNS in Breast Care.
  • CNS in Urology.
  • CNS in Stoma Care.
  • CNS in Palliative Care                                                         .
  • CNS in Colorectal Care.                                                                                 
  • Oncology Liaison Nurse Specialist.
  • Diagnostic Services at LGH:

MRI Scanner

CAT scanner

Ultrasound

Dexa Scan

Barium Enema/ Swallow

Endoscopy Suite in DSU

Nuclear Medicine service sourced in Altnagelvin Hospital Derry.

PET Scanner service sourced in Blackrock, Dublin.

Other services:

Telemedicine link to University College Hospital Galway by Breast Care Multi Disciplinary Team.

Oncology Bus funded by Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital transports patients to St. Luke’s weekly.

Patients from West of the County and Inishowen supported financially with air travel to St Luke’s in Dublin.

Dedicated 11 bed oncology/haematology ward in LGH.

Dedicated Oncology unit within DSU.

Lymphoedema service provide by PCCC.

Wigs & Hair piece service available.

Oncology Pharmacist.

Chief Medical Scientist in Histology.

Chief Medical Science in Haematology.

Psychological supports available from range of sources including psychologists, mental health service, Irish Cancer Society, Social Worker & SPARC

Medical Specialities (Some on Outpatient or Day Care) at LGH.

      • Accident and Emergency
      • Anaesthetics
      • Cardiology
      • Dental Surgery
      • Dermatology
      • Endocrinology
      • General Medicine
      • General Surgery                                
      • Geriatric Medicine                                                                      
        Gynaecology
      • Maxillofacial
      • Nephrology
      • Obstetrics
      • Ophthalmology
      • Orthopaedics
      • Otolaryngology (ENT)
      • Paediatrics
      • Respiratory Medicine
      • Rheumatology

                         

DACC wish to inform the people of Donegal that the Oncology Department at Letterkenny General Hospital can always benifit from donations.

Donations if desired should be clearly written as to the Oncology Dept.

 

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