The Emergency Department/Acute Medical Assessment Unit at Letterkenny General Hospital is on schedule to re-open in mid March.An update on the hospital’s progress today revealed that by that time essential diagnostic equipment such as the MRI and CT scanners will be becoming operational and the new pharmacy will be completed.The Pulmonary Laboratory and the Cardiac Investigations unit will follow shortly afterwards. Mr Seán Murphy, General Manager, Letterkenny Hospital said these areas have been a priority.“There will be a tangible improvement in patient services when they are fully operational again. We continue to make progress on other key areas, including:“Coronary Care Unit: specification for the new unit was submitted to National Capital Steering Committee to commence late 2014 for completion September 2015;“Kitchen/Dining Room rebuild will commence in June with completion in December 2014; “Laboratory will commence mid March 2014 with completion late 2014.“Radiology – Approval received for multi-purpose Interventional Suite for project completion April 2016.”Dr Colm O’Donnell, consultant radiologist in Letterkenny General Hospital and one of four new clinical directors for the West/North West Hospitals Group added, “With the installation of the MRI scanner, we should resume scanning on a phased basis in early February. When fully operational we will bring back scanning of adult inpatients and outpatients from the North West Independent Hospital in Ballykelly.“Very importantly, we will bring back scanning of the vast majority of our paediatric patients to Letterkenny from Temple Street Children’s Hospital and from Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Dublin. This will result in a considerable improvement in service for our patients. Of course we are immensely grateful to the other facilities for the support they provided since the July flood.“Looking to the future, we are very excited that Letterkenny will be getting a new multi-purpose interventional suite. This will allow us carry out a variety of diagnostic and treatment procedures within our own hospital facilities, greatly improving the services for many patients each year who would have had to travel to Dublin previously for their treatments, including cancer and cardiac procedures such as the insertion of pacemakers. Mr Seán Murphy said flood management at the hospital is being assessed on a continual basis.“As previously advised, there are improved interim arrangements in place at the culvert with additional monitoring and clearing. The rebuilding works will include a new culvert, now estimated to cost in excess of €600,000 due to enhancements to the design.“A planning application is being advanced with Donegal County Council. Internal flood management measures such as flood doors are also being designed into the new building works. A detailed flood management strategy involving the culvert and buildings is being advanced by HSE Estates.”The indicative budget for the rebuild works is in excess of €15m and overall costs will exceed €30m when equipment and contingency costs are taken into account. Discussions are ongoing with insurers. Despite the significant disruption caused by the flood, patient services at Letterkenny General Hospital continued to improve during 2013 with better patient access, the appointment of more consultants, the establishment of multidisciplinary teams with St James’s Hospital Dublin for colposcopy services and the introduction of audiology screening of all newborns.Improving patient access will remain a priority for 2014 with the appointment of more consultants. NCHD recruitment and compliance with the EWTD is one of the challenges facing the hospital during 2014, said a spokesman.Mr Bill Maher, Group CEO of the West/North West Hospitals Group, stated, “I’m very pleased to report that across the Group, including at Letterkenny despite the considerable disruption, we achieved the national waiting list target that no inpatient is now waiting more than eight months for an appointment.”Mr Maher outlined the Group’s priorities including the continued integration of patient services across the hospitals in the Group and the preparation of the Group for Trust status; the development of a centre for learning and innovation and the re-building of Letterkenny Hospital.HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPT ON SCHEDULE FOR MARCH OPENING was last modified: January 24th, 2014 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:hospitalletterkenny
India were dealt a big blow ahead of the third cricket Test against New Zealand with pace spearhead Zaheer Khan being ruled out of the final rubber because of a groin injury.Young left-handed pacer Jaydev Unadkat has been drafted in the squad in place of him.Zaheer suffered an groin injury during the second cricket Test, which ended in a tame draw at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium.”Zaheer Khan is injured and is unavailable for the Third Test against New Zealand, to be played at Nagpur from 20th November to 24th November,” BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a release.”The All India Selection Committee has chosen Jayadev Unadkat to replace Zaheer Khan in the squad,” it said.Zaheer was off the field for a good part of the fourth day. The left-handed pacer bowled just three overs during the fifth day.19-year-old Unadkat was named in India’s Under-19 squad for the 2010 World Cup in New Zealand. The left-arm fast bowler represents Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy and has claimed 26 wickets in six first-class games at an average of 26.34.
Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ “We know anything can happen in the playoffs,” Boston guard Kyrie Irving said.The Thunder have shot the ball horribly from the outside, but more than anything else have been doomed by one bad quarter in each of their first two games against the Trail Blazers. In Game 1 (a five-point loss), they lost the first quarter by 14. In Game 2 (a 20-point loss), they lost the third quarter by 16.Oklahoma City is 2-14 this season when shooting 41 percent or less, which includes both of the two games. Despite that, Thunder star Paul George said he has a simple message for teammates.“Keep shooting,” George said. “We’re going to make shots. Keep shooting. We missed shots, so what? Keep shooting.”A look at Friday night’s games:ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated The Orlando Magic bench celebrates during an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)Orlando returned to Florida with home-court advantage.Indiana and Oklahoma City are seeking some home-court magic.ADVERTISEMENT RAPTORS AT MAGICSeries tied, 1-1. Game 3, 7 p.m. EDT, ESPN.NEED TO KNOW: Orlando is playing its first home playoff game since May 5, 2012 and will seek its first home playoff win since April 26, 2011.KEEP AN EYE ON: Magic center Nikola Vucevic has not been much of a factor so far, going a combined 6 for 21 in the first two games. Expect Orlando to run a lot for him early in an effort to get him in rhythm.INJURY WATCH: Toronto may be getting Patrick McCaw (right thumb sprain) back for Game 3, which will bolster the bench. McCaw — who played in 21 playoff games with Golden State over the last two seasons — last played March 28.PRESSURE IS ON: Still Toronto. All the Raptors did in Game 2 — a blowout, no less — was escape a bigger hole. Magic fans have waited nearly a decade for a playoff game. The atmosphere will be intense and Orlando is 13-1 in its last 14 games at home.CELTICS AT PACERSCeltics lead, 2-0. Game 3, 8:30 p.m. EDT, ABC.NEED TO KNOW: Boston is 36-1 all-time in best-of-seven series when it holds a 2-0 lead. The loss? Against Cleveland, in last season’s Eastern Conference finals.KEEP AN EYE ON: The Pacers’ rebounding. They’ve been completely outplayed in that department, one of the reasons why they’re in this 0-2 hole. Boston shot only 58 percent from the line in the first two games, though obviously that didn’t hurt the Celtics. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte STAT QUIRK: Through all teams’ first two games of this year’s playoffs, Boston ranked 15th out of the 16 clubs in points per game. Luckily for the Celtics, Indiana was 16th.PRESSURE IS ON: Myles Turner. The Pacers’ center has 13 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks — not averages, totals — in the first two games, and he’s taken more 3-point tries than 2-point tries. He’s got to come up big in Game 3.TRAIL BLAZERS AT THUNDERTrail Blazers lead, 2-0. Game 3, 9:30 p.m., ESPN.NEED TO KNOW: Since losing in Oklahoma City on Feb. 11, Portland has gone 11-5 on the road. The Thunder didn’t reach the 100-point mark in either of the first two games; the last time they didn’t reach triple digits in consecutive games was back in mid-November.KEEP AN EYE ON: The 3-point line. Oklahoma City is shooting 16.4 percent from beyond the arc in this series; the last time a team shot worse than that in a first-round matchup was 1991, when San Antonio was 3 for 26 (.115) in its 3-1 series loss to Golden State.HEAD TO HEAD: Thunder star Russell Westbrook and Portland star Damian Lillard have gone head-to-head 25 times. Lillard’s team leads, 13-12.PRESSURE IS ON: Westbrook. He took the blame after the Game 2 loss. It will be extremely interesting to see what Westbrook’s floor plan is for Game 3. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew A trio of Game 3s in the NBA on Friday night — Toronto at Orlando, Boston at Indiana and Portland at Oklahoma City — have three very different story lines. The Magic got a split of their first two games with the Raptors, the Pacers are reeling after a late-game collapse in Game 2 left them trailing the Celtics 2-0, and the Thunder have seemed completely out of sorts as they’ve gotten into a 2-0 hole against the Trail Blazers.“I still don’t think we understand how good a team we can be when we play well,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIndiana had a great chance at getting a split slip away late in Game 2 at Boston. The Pacers have now lost 16 of their last 24 games overall, are looking at a fourth consecutive first-round ouster and have never won a series after losing the first two games.Having said all that, the Celtics are leery of a letup. 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