Hospital management at Letterkenny University Hospital are apologising for the long delays to patients and their families in the Emergency Department today.
They say they have been extremely busy over the last number of days and the hospital has admitted a significant number of ill patients -many of which are currently in the ED, awaiting a bed.
A spokesperson for the Saolta Group says it is prioritising those in most need of care and this unfortunately may lead to delays for less urgent patients.
They are reminding the public to only attend the Emergency Department in the case of real emergencies and they should contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance.
Letterkenny is once again one of the most over-crowded hospitals in the country today.
There are 39 patients on trolleys in the Emergency Department and on wards according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives organisation.
It’s the third worst affected hospital after Limerick and Waterford.
There are 25 in Sligo today on trolleys and 34 at the University Hospital Galway.