Thursday 21 September 2017

Elderly man had ‘nappy down around him’ in Beaumont Hospital

Gerry Feeney appeared on RTE News today
Gerry Feeney appeared on RTE News today

Brian Byrne

A DUBLIN hospital is investigating after an elderly man died three weeks after he was discharged despite suffering from respiratory problems.

The family of Gerry Feeney, 81, who passed away on January 31, said the former Aer Lingus foreman was left in a soiled state “with his nappy down around him” after being admitted to Beaumont Hospital.

Mr Feeney, from Donnycarney in Dublin, was referred to the hospital’s emergency department by Raheny House Nursing Home on December 8, after concerns were raised about his breathing.

He was discharged 24 hours later, but staff at the nursing home were not satisfied with his treatment and referred him back to the emergency department two days later.

Mr Feeney’s family said that due to overcrowding, he was kept on an overflow ward for almost a week, before being moved to a geriatric ward, where his family found him in a soiled state.

His sister-in-law Sheila said: “I was shocked with what I (saw). He was sitting in a chair with his gown on him, with his nappy down around him, and he was very distressed.”

His sister Eileen added: “His dignity was totally gone.”

The former soldier was discharged from Beaumont on January 9, but died at the nursing home from respiratory problems three weeks later, according to RTE.

In a statement, Beaumont Hospital said the matters raised by the family were of “deep concern”.

“It is not Beaumont’s practice to discuss individual cases.

“We can confirm that the Feeney family has been in touch with the hospital to express serious concern about the care provided by Beaumont and to make a number of specific requests of the hospital.

“We regret the serious issues and concerns raised by the family. These are of deep concern to the hospital and are being investigated. 

“We are liaising with the Feeney family and will inform them on the outcome of this investigation.”

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