Visiting restrictions remain in place at Letterkenny University Hospital

Six new cases of flu in the hospital every day

Visiting restrictions remain in place at Letterkenny University Hospital

Visitor restrictions in place at Letterkenny University Hospital

Due to ongoing cases of flu, the visiting restrictions at Letterkenny University Hospital remain in place this week, including New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

The hospital is reminding members of the public not to visit the hospital.

Seán Murphy, general manager, said they were appealing to people to co-operate with the visiting restrictions so that they could protect the many very sick patients in the hospital.

"We are still seeing on average six 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.

 “We need the co-operation of the public to protect our patients and prevent the spread of infection from the flu and to minimise the chances of it being brought into the hospital.

“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."

He added that anyone carrying the flu virus can spread it for one-two days before developing symptoms and up to five days after symptoms develop.

"You may be spreading the flu and not even know it.

"In exceptional cases only, family members may arrange with the ward manager to visit critically ill patients. To arrange a visit, please call the hospital on (074) 9125888 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,” said Mr Murphy.

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