first_imgThe interim emergency department at Letterkenny General Hospital may open today for general admissions after a successful weekend testing its capacity.donegaldaily.com CopyrightGeneral Manager, Sean Murphy, has indicated that ambulance admissions ran smoothly over the weekend.It is now likely the unit will begin accepting walk-in patients from north Donegal as early as this morning. The emergency unit, which contains prefabricated and existing buildings at the old wing of the hospital, opened on Saturday.However, only a small number of ambulance only admissions arrived at the hospital which was hit by devastating floods three weeks ago.Up to 70% of the footprint of the hospital was covered in water following a spell of torrential rain.Patients will continue to be taken to Sligo General Hospital from south Donegal until at least mid-week. Diversions to Letterkenny will be increased throughout next week and the following week until all Donegal patients are cared for in Letterkenny.A spokesman for HSE West told Donegal Daily they are hoping to increase general admissions by as early as today.“The system has been tested over the weekend with a limited number of ambulance admissions.“It is possible that the emergency department will be opened to general admissions as early as Monday but a decision has yet to be made on that.“The fact that we are even talking about having such a unit open just three weeks after the flood is a testament to the staff and their hard work,” said the spokesman. HOSPITAL HOPING TO ACCEPT GENERAL ADMISSIONS TODAY AFTER TEST WEEKEND was last modified: August 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:admissionsLetterkenny General HospitalSean Murphylast_img