Visiting restrictions in place at Letterkenny University Hospital this weekend

Patients with flu must be accommodated in isolation and this is putting severe pressure on the availability of beds for other patients

Visiting restrictions in place at Letterkenny University Hospital this weekend

Letterkenny University Hospital

People are being asked to comply with visiting restrictions which are in place at Letterkenny University Hospital this weekend. 

The restrictions have been put in place in a bid to prevent the spread of infection and flu at the hospital. It is also hoped that the restriction on visitor numbers will minimise the chance of infection and flu being introduced into the hospital environment. 

The General Manager of Letterkenny University Hosptial, Sean Murphy said: "We are appealing to people to co-operate with the visiting restrictions so that we can protect the many very sick patients in the hospital. We are seeing on average 6 new cases of flu in the hospital every day."

Patients with flu must be accommodated in isolation to prevent the spread of infection and this is putting severe pressure on the availability of beds for other seriously ill patients who need to be admitted for treatment, according to the manager.

“Our staff are working very hard to care for the many seriously ill patients in the hospital and we need to do everything we can to support them and protect our patients from additional risks of the flu virus. Anyone carrying the flu virus can spread it for 1-2 days before developing symptoms and up to 5 days after symptoms develop. You may be spreading the flu and not even know it," Mr Murphy said. 

In exceptional cases, family members may arrange with the ward manager to visit critically ill patients. To arrange a visit, please call the hospital on 074 91 25888 and ask to be put through to the manager on the ward who will decide if a visit can be facilitated without compromising the welfare of the patients on the ward or the welfare of the visitors.

“We are appealing to people to co-operate with hospital staff. Visitors who arrive without prior agreement from the ward manager will be asked to leave. This is a necessary to protect the many very sick patients in the hospital who are vulnerable to infection. It is critical that their care and treatment is not further complicated by the flu,” he said. 

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