Sunday 11 December 2016

'I slept in this chair last night - but it's not the fault of the nurses and staff'

Published 07/01/2016 | 02:30

Patient James Coyle waits on a chair in Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital
Patient James Coyle waits on a chair in Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital

Dublin pensioner James Coyle (72) was forced to sleep in a chair as he waited in Beaumont Hospital's overcrowded emergency department overnight.

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The Dublin man went to the hospital with breathing difficulties at around 10am on Tuesday, and his treatment in the triage unit began in a chair.

Mr Coyle slept in the same chair on Tuesday night, and he was still being treated in it at lunchtime yesterday.

"I have breathing problems," he said - speaking from behind a mask strapped to his face with a thin clear plastic tube that connects it to a tank behind him.

"I slept in this chair last night, but the nurses and staff are being really good. It's not their fault," he added.

As Mr Coyle spoke, a nurse came along with a cheery "hello" and took a plastic capsule from James's lap, twisted the top off it and poured it into a small cylinder inside the mask to help him breathe.

She was kind, courteous and warm to James - but then she had to dash off to another patient.

"I think a lot of the problem is people with cuts and bruises and minor things coming in instead of serious cases," James said.

"That causes a lot of backlog, but I don't know how the Government will solve it."

He added: "Something needs to be done to help the staff and make sure the waiting times are reduced. In the meantime, I suppose I have to be a patient patient."

Irish Independent

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