Local Radio News .09

Colonoscopy waiting time reduced to 4 weeks at LK General

Nov 17, 7:57 am Courtesy of Highland Radio News
People waiting for a colonoscopy at Letterkenny General Hospital are now being seen within the one month target time.

The HSE's audit for November shows that despite the hospital not reaching the target in October there has been a notable improvement since last month.

Donegal Action for Cancer Care has welcomed the news.

The group is meeting with the Health Minister Mary harney next week.

Spokesperson Betty Holmes says however there's always room for improvement in services at the Hospital


233 operations cancelled at Letterkenny General

Sep 29, 10:46 am Courtesy of Highland Radio News
New figures released by Fine Gael show that 233 operations were cancelled at Letterkenny General Hospital in the first half of this year.

Nationally there has been a 27 percent increase on figures for the same period last year with almost nine thousand operations cancelled nationwide.

It says cancelling or delaying operations causes prolonged and unnecessary pain for patients.

Health spokesperson Dr. James Reilly says the system needs to be completely overhauled.

Taoiseach to visit Donegal tomorrow as part of Lisbon campaign

 Sep 25, 8:11 am Courtesy of Highland Radio News
The Taoiseach is in Donegal tomorrow to fulfil a number of engagements and to continue the government's push to secure a 'Yes' vote in next months Lisbon Treaty referendum.

He will be visit Ballybofey and Letterkenny but will first stop in Donegal Town where he will be joined by the Tanaiste Mary Coughlan to officially open the new tourist office.

The head of Failte Ireland Northwest Paul Mcloone says the new office has been a huge success not only for the town but also the county.

Action Breast Cancer seek Donegal volunteers

 Sep 23, 9:10 am Courtesy of Highland Radio news
Action Breast Cancer says it urgently needs more Donegal volunteers to help on Pink Ribbon Day this Friday.
They are calling for more volunteers to take to the streets and shopping centres of Donegal to help sell pink ribbons and pins.
All funds raised on Pink Ribbon Day go towards the development of services at Action Breast Cancer.
It provides free help and support for anyone concerned about breast health or going through a breast cancer journey.
Edel McNamee is the Community Fund Raising Manager for this area.

High up take of Cervical Cancer Vaccine in the north

Sep 17, 11:52 am Courtesy of Highland Radio news.com
Deputy Dr James McDaid says figures published today which show a very high up take of the Cervical Cancer Vaccination in the north, further underline the need for it to be made available in the republic.
Figures published today show that in the north there was an 89 per cent uptake in Year 9 girls for the first dose of the vaccine and 85 per cent and 83 per cent for the second and third dose respectively.
The vaccine, which protects against to most common forms of cervical cancer, is not available in the republic due to cost constraints - that decision led to Deputy McDaid leaving Fianna Fail.
He says that some young women are being condemned to the possibility of cervical cancer just because they live on the wrong side of the border.


Colonoscopy waiting times halved at Letterkenny General Hospital

 Sep 04, 10:09 am
Waiting times for a Colonoscopy at Letterkenny General Hospital have been reduced by 50% since April.
Between last November and April of this year the hospital reduced the numbers waiting for the bowel cancer test by 318, with only 16 people now waiting for more than 3 months.
It's recommended that a colonoscopy be carried out within four weeks of a GP visit.
Kathleen O'Meara from the Irish Cancer Society says Letterkenny General is almost operating in line with that recommendation..

No backing down from cancer control programme - Harney

Aug 24, 3:51 pm Courtesy of Highland Radio news
The Minister for Health has vowed never to back down from implementing the cancer control programme, despite what she admits is strong opposition from vested interests.
Mary Harney has told the LiveStrong Global Cancer Summit in Dublin that Ireland has moved from 33 hospitals carrying out breast surgery two years ago to 10 now and that will be reduced to 8 by the end of the year.
The Minister says the policy will have better outcomes for cancer patients.Minister Harney says the Government is committed to providing the best possible care for the 22-thousand people getting cancer in Ireland every year.

Letterkenny surgeon calls for rethink on NTPF

Aug 24, 1:53 pm Courtesy of Highland Radio News
An orthopaedic consultant at Letterkenny General Hospital is questioning what he has termed the media's "love affair" with the National Treatment Puchase Fund.

n a letter to the Irish Independent, Peter O'Rourke says the NTPF has a budget of 100 million euro which would be better spent if it were used to fund public hospitals.He says nine of the last 16 patients he has tried to admit for joint replacement surgery have had their procedures cancelled because of a lack of resources at Letterkenny General.

DACC urges women to register for cervical smear programme

 Aug 17, 8:50 am Courtesy of HighlandRadio News
Donegal Action for Cancer Care is urging women to register with the cervical programme to ensure that they are called for a smear test when the current scheme runs out on September 1st.
At present, any woman who requests a smear can go to her GP or local clinic and have it done free.
From September 1st a call and recall system is to be implemented whereby women will be invited for screening at specific times and recalled when their next test is due.
DACC spokesperson Betty Holmes is urging women to ensure that they're registered with the cervical check register.

Pharmacy Union urges members to resume normal service today

 Aug 12, 8:10 am Courtesy of Highland Radio News
The Irish Pharmacy Union is urging its members to resume normal services today in the interests of patient safety.
The union's national executive made the call following an emergency meeting in Dublin last night.
However it says the dispute over the money pharmacists receive under the community drugs schemes isn't over.
Hundreds of pharmacists withdrew from the schemes at the beginning of the month when the fees they get were cut.
The President of the IPU Liz Hoctor is says members should resume normal services to prevent the chaos of the last few days.
The Minister for Health Mary Harney is welcoming the move.

Staff cuts at Letterkenny General will severely affect services - INO

Aug 10, 11:05 am Courtesy of Highland Radio News
Unions representing nurses at Letterkenny General Hospital are warning of a severe reduction in service as more than 30 nurses look set to leave the hospital.
Unions say hospital management have indicated that a HSE's nationally imposed plan to reduce costs, will see 33 nurses released at the end of their
current contracts.
I-N-O industrial relations officer Noel Treanor says the cuts are hitting frontline services.

Health Minister says she is willing to meet the IPU

Aug 08, 2:06 pm Courtesy of Highland Radio news
The Minister for Health, Mary Harney, has again appealed to pharmacists who have contracts with the HSE to provide a full service to patients.
The Minister restated that she was willing to meet the Irish Pharmacy Union to discuss the future and developmental role of pharmacies.
Ms Harney was speaking as the dispute enters its second week.
Meanwhile the HSE has published the latest list of pharmacies in Donegal which, it claims, are open for State Drugs Scheme business.
At least three of the pharmacies listed, two in Carndonagh and Magees Pharmacy in Letterkenny, insist they are no longer part of the scheme.

The HSE list in full is...
Dorrian's Pharmacy, The Diamond, Ballyshannon.
Kelly's Pharmacy, Main Street, Ballyshannon.
Toner's Pharmacy, 15 Main Street, Ballyshannon.
Cara Pharmacy, Main Street, Bundoran.
Carn Pharmacy, Millbrae Business Park, Carndonagh.
McNeill's Pharmacy, 51 The Diamond, Carndonagh.
Begley's Pharmacy, The Diamond, Donegal Town.
Cara Pharmacy, Donegal Town.
Flynn's Pharmacy, Main Street, Falcarragh.
Harbour Pharmacy, Shore Road, Killybegs.
Boots the Chemist, 4/6 Lower Main Street, Letterkenny.
Boots the Chemists,Retail Park, Loop Road, Letterkenny
Cogaslann na Rosann, Annagry, Letterkenny.
Magee's Pharmacy, 27 Upper Main Street, Letterkenny.
Neary's Pharmacy, Town Centre, Pearse Road, Letterkenny.

Pharmacy dispute set to escalate

Aug 04, 9:30 am Courtesy of Highland Radio News
The Irish Pharmacy Union is forecasting that there will be chaos today due to an increase in demand for medicines under the state drugs schemes after the Bank Holiday weekend.
Hundreds of pharmacists withdrew from the schemes on Saturday, in a dispute over the amount of money they are paid by the Health Service Executive.
The health authority has put temporary facilities in place to dispense medicines covered by the community drug and medical card schemes, with three facilities operating in Donegal at the District Hospitals in Donegal Town, Dungloe and Stranorlar.
However, the IPU says demand will be much greater today after the bank holiday, and has criticised the HSE's contingency plans as insufficient.
The HSE has counterclaimed that some pharmacists have been intimidating staff and patients at the contingency dispenseries, and complaints hasve been lodged with gardai and the pharmacy regulator.
However, the Irish Pharmacy Union says it's members have the best interests of patients at heart.
Meanwhile, the latest list of participating pharmacies published by the HSE still includes 15 Donegal pharmacies, but Highland Radio is aware that a number of these, including two in Carndonagh and one in Annagry have, in fact, withdrawn.
Meanwhile, the HSE helpline is operating again today, the number is 1850 24 1850


Drug payment row esclates as pharmacists withdraw

 Aug 01, 10:44 am Courtesy of Highland Radio News
From today people in Donegal wishing to avail of medicines under the State drugs schemes will only be able to obtain their medicine from four HSE dispensing facilities and a small number of pharmacies

The majority of pharmacies have terminated their contracts with the HSE in a dispute over a cut in payments.

The HSE initially announced it would run five dispensing facilities at community hospitals in Donegal Town, Dungloe, Carndonagh, Stranorlar and Falcarragh. However. yesterday it was confirmed that the Falcarragh facility is stand-by only, and today we understand there are problems with the facility in Carndonagh, which has not opened. earlier, a number of prescriptions were collected, and were brought by taxi to Stranorlar to be filled.

However, as of this aftrrnoon (Sat), there are no facilities in Inishowen for people to pick up prescriptions, with two pharmacies in Carndonagh listed erroneously by the HSE as still participating in the schemes.

Meanwhile, the Irish Pharmacy Union is warning of chaos, claiming the HSE's contingency plans are totally insufficient in parts of the country. Donegal has already been highlighted by the HSE as a county where problems are likely to occur.

I-P-U President Liz Hoctor believes patients are being placed in harms way as a result.

St Joseph's added to dispensary list in pharmacists dispute

 Jul 30, 11:34 am Courtesy of Highland Radio News
St Joseph's Community Hospital has been added to the list of 4 hospitals that will distribute drugs from this Saturday as a result of the HSE dispute with pharmacists.
The dispute centres on a HSE decision to cut the amount being paid under the community drugs schemes with most pharmacists set to withdraw from the scheme from this weekend.
Yesterday concerns were expressed that no provision had been made in the Finn Valley area to cater for patients who will not be able to avail of their medicine from their local pharmacy from Saturday.
Senator Brian O'Domhnaill says the contingency plan for Saturday's withdrawal has not yet been finalised.
Meanwhile Councillor Frank McBrearty Junior says allocating St Joseph's Hospital as a dispensary may could aid the spread of swine flu in the Finn Valley area.
Councillor McBrearty says given the fact that most of those being cared for at the facility are elderly, the virus could spread rapidly with disastrous consequences due to the increase in numbers visiting the hospital.

22 temporary nurses in Letterkenny won't have contracts renewed

Jul 16, 9:31 am Courtesy of Highland Radio
Donegal Councillor Bernard McGuinness says a recent decision not to renew 30 temporary conracts for staff at Letterkenny General Hospital will have a devastating effect on services.
30 contracts in total will not be renewed when they expire, 22 of which are in nursing.
Raising the issue at a Regional West Health Forum meeting this week, Councillor McGuinness asked for assurances that derogations could be sought in realtion to the non-renewal fo the contracts.
Councillor McGuinness says officials refused to commit themselves to seeking derogations, a move which he says could have catastrophic consequences for frontline services.

Government warned of Donegal backlash to home help cuts

Jul 10, 8:40 am Courtesy of Highland Radio
On the eve of a major protest against cuts in home help provision in Donegal, the government has defended the HSE's budgetary policy and refused to confirm extra money for the service.
Responding to Senator Pearse Doherty last night, Junior Minister Sean Haughey again confirmed that the local health office in Donegal has the third highest per capita spending in the country.
He said the HSE is looking at implementing spending cuts, particularly on Sundays and Bank Holidays, in order to meet its budgetary targets, a policy which he supported.
Senator Doherty told Minister Haughey that his response was identical to what he had been told when he first raised the issue in May.
He said the people of Donegal are preparing to take to the streets tomorrow, and a message is coming from people in the county which the government cannot ignore.

HSE spent two million on taxis in NW in two years

Figures released show that the HSE spent over two million euro on taxis in hospitals in the North West in 2007 and 2008.

The figures have been obtained by the Fine Gael spokesman on Transport, Fergus O’Dowd.Deputy O’Dowd has called on the HSE in the North West to save on their taxi bill and put the money to good use elsewhere in the Health System.Each acute hospital in the North West, he claims, including Sligo and Letterkenny General Hospitals, could buy a people carrier and hire a driver for 80,000 euro a year.This, he maintains, would save significantly on such taxi fares.Deputy O’Dowd also poitns out that the national HSE taxi spend in two years of sixty million euro is six times the nine million euro budget shortfall at Crumlin Children’s Hospital which has led to the closure of wards there.

Funding boost for border healthcare

 Jun 13, 10:29 am Courtesy of HighlandRadio News
Health service in the border regions are set to benefit from funding of 30 million euro.
Additional clinics in areas such as urology will be established at Letterkenny General Hospital.
In the area of acute hospital services, extra consultants will be recruited to extend Ear, Nose and Throat Vascular and Urology services on a cross border basis.

Lk General subject to improvement plans for infection control

May 28, 10:11 am Courtesy of Highalnd Radio News
Letterkenny General Hospital is one of thirteen hospitals which are subject to improvement plans because of its slow progress in infection control.
Hospitals have now been told they have 12 months to comply with new standards of infection control aimed at dramatically reducing the risk to patients.
New standards drawn up by watchdog the Health Information and Quality Authority are now also to be extended to nursing homes, GP surgeries, dentists' offices and health centres.
Monitoring of C Difficile only began in May 2008, but up to 60 cases of the contagious bug have been reported some weeks, rising to to a total of 2,453 by this month.
This compares to 420 cases of MRSA for the whole of 2008, a drop of 106 compared to 2007.
Many hospitals are even low on basics such as sinks, to allow people wash their hands.
New standards set for the likes of Letterenny General Hospital include the setting up of a plan for refurbishment of facilities and a timeframe for conmpletion.

More car spaces and reduced costs at Letterkenny General

 May 23, 10:14 am Courtesy of Highland Radio News
New initiatives to improve car parking at Letterkenny General Hospital are to be introduced over the next six weeks including the provision of 200 extra car spaces and reduced charges for the public.
This follows a recent survey which showed that members of the public were annoyed at the shortage of spaces at peak times.
The survey was held under the auspices of the HSE's Your Hospital, Your Say policy and the findings were immediately accepted by hospital management.
A major extension of the car parks is also planned for the hospital, with over 200 additional car park spaces being created on the St.Conals side of the campus”.
The creation of 200 additional car park spaces is due to commence in the next 4 to 6 weeks and will see the total number of car park spaces on the campus rise to over 1300.
The car park is due to be completed in August 2009.

Patient forum to be established at Letterkenny General Hospital

May 20, 12:30 pm Courtesy of Highland Radio
A new Patient Forum designed to enable patients, staff and members of the public to have a say in the quality of services being provided at Letterkenny General Hospital is to be established at the hospital.
The Patient Forum will provide its members with an opportunity to exchange information and opinions on the type and quality of services being delivered at Letterkenny General Hospital.
The HSE says the aim of the forum is to learn from the experiences of patients and carers to gain an improved understanding of their needs and preferences.
It is proposed that the Patient Forum will meet four times per year for one and a half hours, and that the membership should be as representative as possible of the people that the hospital serves, as well as the members of staff at the hospital.
There will be approximately 16 people on the forum, 10 members of the public and 6 hospital staff.
The term of office is for two years.
The forum will deal with issues such as quality of services and patient satisfaction.
The Irish Patients Association has welcome the move.
However its head, Stephen McMahon, says such forums only work if there is an adequate information flow.

Confirmation given for appointment of breast check staff - DACC

May 15, 11:41 am Courtesy of Highland Radio.news
Donegal Action for Cancer Care has welcomed news that official confirmation allowing for recruitment of staff to facilititate the roll out of breast check in the region has been received today.

Earlier the group said they feared another delay in the process as no written confirmation of a derogation had been issued by the Dept of Health.

The organisation had previously raised concerns that the roll-out would be put on hold indefinitely due to a ban on recruitment within the Health service.

Rollout of Breastcheck on track Courtesy of Ocean Fm 15th May 09

The rollout of breast check in Donegal is on target for this year according to to Donegal Action for Cancer Care

The group said that the NCSS have received written confirmation that they can proceed with the recruitment of staff to facilitate the roll out.There were fears last month that the service would not come to the County due to a recruitment freeze in the HSE.

Following uoproar locally politicians came out and said that the rollout was not in jeopardy however the National Cancer Screening Service had not received any confirmmation on the issue.However the Confirmation came today although no definitive date has been set.

DACC to raise Breast Check roll-out with Taoiseach

Courtesy of Ocean Fm News 15th May 09

Donegal Action for Cancer Care plan to ask the Taoiseach about the future of the roll-out of Breast Check to the county today.

Brian Cowen is in North Donegal this afternoon for a series of engagements.Controversy flared earlier this month when it emerged that the roll-out of the service to Donegal, Leitrim and Clare was being postponed indefintely due to budget constraints.The Government later backed down however and announced the National Cancer Screening Service was being given the green-light to proceed.

It was further stated that the roll-out would begin in Donegal by September of this year.DACC has said today that NCSS has still not received formal notification from the Department of Health on the decision.Group representatives are now planning to ask the Taoiseach today for an update on the situation.

Breast Check- A Bridge Too Far!

DACC news release 15th May 09

We in Donegal Action for Cancer Care ask the Taoiseach on his visit to Donegal on Friday 15th May has the derogation for the recruitment of staff for County Donegal to allow the roll out of Breast Check in 2009 as scheduled been granted?

Now two weeks after we have been told it was, there has been no formal written confirmation to the National Cancer Screening Service from the Dept.of Health which would allow them to proceed.

We await today for An Taoiseach’s announcement that the NCSS have received formal written confirmation from the Dept. of Health that

they can proceed to provide this live saving service for the women of Donegal.

76 lung cancer cases per year

Courtesy of Ocean FM 6th May 09

76 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year in Donegal.A new interactive patient information CD is being launched today at the Royal College of Surgeons.The tool is aimed at providing lung cancer patients with a range of information and support services about the disease.

NCSS not contacted about BreastCheck ‘guarantee’

30th April 09 Courtesy of Ocean FM news
The National Cancer Screening Service says they have not yet received any confirmation from either Department of Health or Finance that the roll-out of Breast Check to Donegal can proceed.
 Fianna Fáil TDs have said they have been ‘guaranteed’ that the roll-out will take place by the end of this year.
A spokesperson for the National Cancer Screening Service has told Ocean FM News that they will not be commenting on the claims of Fianna Fáil deputies locally that they have been assured that the roll-out of Breast Check will go ahead by the end of the year.
The spokesperson said they have not as of yet received official confirmation from either the Department for Health or Department of Finance on the matter.
Meanwhile, the NCSS has also dismissed claims in a statement from Junior Minister Barry Andrews, stating that it was confirmed that Breast Check will be rolled out in Donegal in September, Leitrim in October and Clare in June.
The spokesperson said as a point of policy, they do not publicly announce time-frames for roll-out to any part of the country in the event it may not go ahead as planned.
There was mass outcry in the North West this week in the wake of confirmation on Tuesday that the roll-out in Donegal and Leitrim was to delayed for the foreseeable future as a result of the moratorium on public sector recruitment.
Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal South West, Pat The Cope Gallagher this morning said he was ‘absolutely confident’ the roll-out would take place by the end of this year.


Breastcheck to be rolled out in September

 Apr 30, 9:31 am Courtesy of HighlandRadioNews
Confirmation that Breastcheck will be rolled out in Donegal in September has been widely welcomed.
The issue was raised in both houses of the Oireachtas last night, with a unique joint motion being moved in the Seanad by Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein.
The Dail and Seanad debates followed the outcry that developed on Tuesday morning, and in a statement from Junior MInister Barry Andrews, it was confirmed that Breastcheck would be rolled out in Clare in June, Donegal in September and Leitrim in October.
Potential delays as a result of the public service recruitment ban were highlighted by Donegal Action for Cancer Care after a meeting on Monday night with National Screening Service CEO Tony O'Brien.
Deputy Niall Blaney has been severely critical of Mr O'Brien, saying his failure to keep the Oireachtas health Committee briefed in the situation was a serious dereliction for which he will answer to the health minister.
DACC have acknowledged what they describe as Mr O'Brien's excellent work, and say are welcoming last night's statement.
Meanwhile, Cooperating for Cancer Care Noprth West is also welcoming the development, and in particular, praising the cooperation between political parties.

Breast Check roll out in Donegal delayed AGAIN

 Apr 28, 10:11 am Courtesy of Highland Radio News
There's anger in Donegal after it emerged this morning that the roll out of Breast Check in the county will be delayed again as a result of the public sector recruitment freeze.

At a meeting in Dublin, the CEO of Breast Check told a Donegal Action for Cancer Care deputation that the Government decision has left them with no option but to defer the rollout of Breast Check in the county, despite pledges that it would be in place by the end of this year.

Betty Holmes of DACC says the political fighback begins now, and is calling on all politicians in Donegal to back them.
Tony O'Brien is CEO of the national screening service wehich has responsibility for rolling out breast check. Speaking on today's Shaun Doherty Show, he said there is a possibility that a derogation from the moratorium could be granted, and that has already been applied for.

However, on the same programme, Donegal North East TD Niall Blaney hit out at Mr O'Brien, saying that he had failed to honour a promise to keep the Oireachtas Committee infiormed of developments. He says as a result, he and others have been unaware of the problem, and that's unacceptable.

However, Tony O'Brien says he is working with the Department of Health, and it would not be appropriate for him to seek political assistance or intervention.

Deputy Blaney says he has since been in contact with the Department of Health, and he's been told a decision could be made within a fortnight, a decision he expects will be positive.

Betty Holmes of DACC says rather than arguing over who should have said what, the important thing now is to focus on resolving this issue, and having the derogation achieved as quickly as possible.

She says at present, it's hard to escape the conclusion that Donegal is again been discriminated against, but DACC have won campaigns before, and if necessary, will do so again.

Breast-check roll-out off radar for ‘forseeable’ future

Another dark day for health care in Donegal.

The words of Donegal Action for Cancer Care’s Betty Holmes as it emerged today that the roll-out of breast-check for the county has been delayed once again

DACC met with Breast Check CEO Tony O’Brien yesterday who told the group that due to financial constraints, the service will not be available for the women of Donegal.

It had been hoped that the roll-out would get underway before the end of 2009.

Mr O’Brien added that due to the Government-imposed recruitment freeze within the HSE the breast check team had no option but to forgo the roll out for the foreseeable future.

Ms Holmes says despite being promised the service, once again the women of Donegal are being left to suffer.


Donegal women being condemned to death:Pringle

The women of Donegal are being condemned to death. Courtesy of Ocean Fm NewsThe angry words of Independent Donegal County Councillor Thomas Pringle today, in response to the revelation that the roll-out of breast-check for the women of the county has been deferred indefinitely.

Donegal Action for Cancer Care met with Breast Check CEO Tony O’Brien yesterday.

He informed the group that financial constraints, coupled with the Government recruitment freeze has left his team with no option but to forgo the roll-out for the forseeable future.Up until last year, women had been travelling from Donegal to Belfast to avail of breast check through the Action Cancer charity, but funding for that was also axed.Cllr Thomas Pringle says the people of Donegal must now stand up, be counted and demand the exact same standard of health-care as the rest of the country.


North West Independent MEP Marian Harkin has said she is shocked by the development.Ms Harkin says the fact that breast screening saves lives is being forgotten.

Donegal proves importance of cross-border health co-operation

Courtesy of Ocean FM Tuesday 21 St April 09

Donegal is a prime example of how health services on both sides of the border can work together to save lives.

That’s according to Dr Patricia Clarke, the lead researcher in a new study from the Centre for Cross Border Studies.

The study found that people don’t care whether they are being treated in the North or the South when they are ill or involved in an accident - they want the best care available in
the shortest time possible.

The study says, however, there is little evidence of joined-up development.

Dr Clarke says it has been proven in Donegal cross-border co-operation on health can go a long

Patients urged to attend Letterkenny A&E only if necessary

Apr 20, 1:30 pm Courtesy of HighlandRadio News
Patients are being asked to attend the A&E Department at Letterkenny General Hospital only in the event of an emergency after a very busy weekend.

Elective admissions at the hospital have been deferred until further notice.
In a statement the HSE says the Emergency Department at Letterkenny General Hospital was very busy over the weekend and remains busy this afternoon.
An increase in Medical admissions has resulted in delays in the Emergency Department.
The HSE says there is no one specific reason for the increase in attendances at the Hospital.
However, elective admissions have been deferred for the moment and this situation is being kept under review with the medical teams.
Staff and Management at Letterkenny General Hospital are asking patients to attend the Emergency Department only in the event of an emergency.
Patients are being told in the first instance, seek advice from their own GP.
The statement says Letterkenny General Hospital is trying to avoid any patient spending longer in the Emergency Department than is necessary.

Unions concerned at LGH shop privatisation

Apr 03, 10:12 am Courtesy of Highland Radio news.com
Donegal’s two largest trade unions are claiming today that plans by Letterkenny General Hospital to ‘outsource’ the provision of the hospital shop represent the thin end of the wedge.
The HSE has informed IMPACT and SIPTU that despite the hospital shop making a profit, it is not a ‘core business’ activity.
In a joint statement, both unions say this constitutes privitasation by stealth.

IMPACT's Richie Carruthers believes it's a sign of things to come.

Harte claims scrapping Junior Health post would hurt patients

Mar 27, 10:46 am Courtesy of HighlandRadio.com
A Donegal County Councillor has hit out at Fine Gael proposals to cut the number of Junior Ministers, particularly in the area of health, claiming it would damage the most vulnerable in society.
Councillor Jimmy Harte, a former Fine Gael member, says the shadow health spokesperson Phil Hogan's proposals to eliminate the role of Minister For Mental Health and Disability is shocking.
It is part of a Fine Gael suggestion to reduce the number of junior ministers from 20 to12.
Councillor Harte says Fine Gael should keep it's hands of health.

LKG fairs average in HSE performance table

 Mar 23, 2:02 pm Courtesy of Highlandradionews
Letterkenny General Hospital's performance in January of this year was rated as "average with room for “improvement" under a new evaluation system.
From today, the HSE is publishing information on how Irish hospitals are performing against national and international targets.
Hospitals are rated under a traffic light system - Green indicating good perfoprmance, amber indicating room for improvement and red indicating immediate improvement needed.
Letterkenny's rating, like most acute hospitals, is amber.


Figures show Derry has 3rd highest rate of suicide in '08

Mar 19, 12:20 pm Courtesy of Highlandradio news.com
Figures published today show that in the North there was a marginal decrease last year in the number of deaths in the Western board area.

There were 2,177 deaths in total a reduction of 114 on 2007.

Cancer continues to be the biggest killer in the western region - 187 people died of the disease in Derry last year, 88 in Omagh and 90 in Strabane.

Heart attacks were responsible for 343 deaths across the western board while 187 people died from strokes.

The deaths of 35 people were as a result of transport accidents - in 2008 6 people from Derry, 7 from Omagh and 8 from Strabane died on the roads.

In Derry there was a high instance of death by suicide or self inflicted injury with 20 recorded deaths, the third highest rate across northern Ireland. The figure in Strabane was 13 and in Omagh it was 8.

Calls for assurances over Belfast-Donegal Radiotherapy service

 Mar 05, 4:17 pm Courtesy of Highlandradio news
Donegal Senator Pearse Doherty is seeking assurances that an agreement which allows cancer patients from Donegal to avail of radiotherapy services in Belfast will be renewed when it expires.

Although an exact expiry date for the contract is not clear, it is the Senator's understanding that the contract which was drawn up in 2006, was to last for a duration of three years.

Currently the agreement allows 50 Donegal patients a year to avail of radiotherapy at Belfast City Hospital.

Raising the issue in the Seanad last evening Senator Doherty says this must remain in place until radiotherapy services for the North West comes on stream at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry in 2015.

Responding to Senator Doherty's questions on behalf of the Health Minister Mary Harney, Minister Sean Haughey said the Department is keen to continue the relationship established with Belfast City Hospital.

Letterkenny General Hospital to lose 5 million of 09' budget - INO

 Feb 25, 11:15 am Courtesy of Highland Radio News

The Irish Nurses Organisation says Letterkenny General Hospital stands to lose 5 million euro from its 2009 budget in the latest round of health service cutbacks.

Yesterday it emerged that €1 billion is to be cut from the health services budget with the loss of an estimated 10,000 jobs nationally.
North West INO spokesperson Noel Trainor says they are now considering balloting members in response to the cutbacks.

Hospital under pressure after busy night in A&E

Feb 16, 9:04 am
Management at Letterkenny General Hospital say out patients and other services may be affected this morning following a very busy night.

There's been a spill over into out-patients, and a number of patients remain on trollies in the A&E department.

Management say anyone with appointments in out-patients should ring the hospital before travelling this morning. They're also urging people to stay away from A&E unless absolutely necessary.

NW Impact condemn government measures

Feb 03, 11:47 pm Courtesy of Ocean Fm
The Northwest branch of IMPACT trade union says it's members are extremely angry about the measures announced by the Government yesterday evening.

The Taoiseach's announced cuts in public spending of two billion euro, which include scrapping pay increases for public service workers and imposing a levy on their pensions.

Richard Carrothers of Impact in the Northwest says they feel as if they have to shoulder the burden, while businesses and high earners make no contribution.

Dungloe Hospital hit by vomiting bug

 Feb 02, 1:50 pm Courtesy of Highlandradio.com
The public are being urged to stay away from Dungloe District Hospital after what is thought to be an outbreak of the Winter Vomiting Bug at the facility.

A number of cases of gastrointestinal illness have occurred at the hospital, and the HSE says there is a possibility that this could be related to Norovirus infection - also know as winter vomiting disease.

There is reason to believe that Norovirus infection is very active in the community at present and it is therefore quite possible that the virus may have been introduced to the hospital.

As a precautionary measure the Hospital Management and Staff have put in place measures to reduce in so far as possible risk of the the virus spreading to other patients and to other areas/departments within the Hospital.


Job uncertainty remains at Manor HSE

Feb 01, 3:32 am Courtesy of Ocean Fm Radio

Following recent concerns that there could be potential job losses at the HSE Headquarters in Manorhamilton as a result of restructuring within the Health Service, the Minister for Health and Children has confirmed that the HSE building in Manorhamilton has been deemed the Headquarters for National Human
Resources Shared Services.

The key national functions that will be based there are the National Recruitment Services and the National Pensions Service.

The minister also said that these operations have
commenced at this point in time.

Manorhamilton councillor Michael Colreavy, who is himself an employee of the HSE, says that this news has
been known for some time, but says the issue of job losses is still not certain.

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