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Special Derry helpline for Donegal patients 02.08.13

THE Western Trust in Derry has today set up a special information line for Co Donegal patients using Altnagelvin Hospital following flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital.
The Trust today said its acute hospital network is continuing to provide support to its HSE colleagues following the flash flooding on Friday, July 26.
It said protocols for the safe transfer and treatment of patients in the Letterkenny catchment area have been agreed by the health and social care partners and are now fully operational.
Director of acute services at the Western Trust, Geraldine McKay said: “Altnagelvin Hospital continues to play an important part in the contingency arrangements in supporting Letterkenny General Hospital since Friday." She said the hospital is "coping well" with the additional attendances from patients from across the border.
"This temporary information line will ensure accurate information is available to patients who may be unsure of how to access services," added Ms McKay.
Co Donegal patients can call (048) 71296201, from Monday to Friday between 9.00am until 5.00pm. The line will be operational as long as it is necessary, the Trust said. Patients will be be given information on the current services available at Letterkenny General Hospital who are also providing a general information line on (074) 9109160.
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