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Letterkenny treatments are outsourced to Dublin

14 Jan 2016

Letterkenny Hospital

Letterkenny Hospital has had to source respiratory medicine, general medicine, and orthopaedics treatments in Dublin hospitals for hundreds of patients, Saolta University Health Care Group has confirmed.

Letterkenny is currently participating in the HSE initiative to reduce public patient waiting times. Where local hospitals did not have the capacity to see sufficient patients to meet the targets by the end of 2015, patients have been offered care at an alternate hospital in either the public or independent sector. “Every effort is made to offer the patients an appointment at the hospital as close as possible to where they live,” said Saolta. “However, in some specialties the nearest available capacity is in the major urban centres some distance away.”

The notifation period “has been determined by the process involved in clarifying the availability of local capacity, confirming availability in Dublin Hospitals and the process of contacting patients”, added Saolta, which came under criticism for sometimes giving short notice of the travel and treatment arrangements.

In response, it said that in many cases it had been necessary to review patient’s medical records to ensure that the patient was suitable for treatment in the other hospital before contacting the patient. Letterkenny University Hospital has apologised for any stress caused to patients as a result of the period of notice.

Gary Culliton

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Irish Medical Times