Sunday 26 February 2017

Second 100-year-old woman left on a hospital trolley for 25 hours

Gordon Deegan

Rosanna O'Halloran, 102 year old lady from Castle Close in Clondalkin who spent 26 hours on a trolly in Tallaght Hospital
Rosanna O'Halloran, 102 year old lady from Castle Close in Clondalkin who spent 26 hours on a trolly in Tallaght Hospital

A second woman faced a 25-hour wait on a hospital trolley despite being over 100 years old - a situation which has been described as "inhumane".

The 101-year-old woman's granddaughter slammed the "wreck of a health system we have in Ireland".

In a Facebook post highlighting the trolley situation in the A&E at University Hospital, Limerick, the woman said: "This is not a unique case."

It is the second such reported incident to occur in the space of a week and follows a 26-hour wait on a trolley for 102-year-old Rose O'Halloran at the A&E in Tallaght.

Industrial Relations Officer with the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation Mary Fogarty said: "What happened is inhumane and you wouldn't see it in the third world.

"It is a catastrophic situation where the oldest person in the hospital is left to languish on a trolley for all of that time."

A member of the HSE West forum, Independent Councillor Ann Norton, said the woman's daughter compared the A&E in Limerick to "a war zone".

The family has asked not to be named.

A spokeswoman for the HSE said: "The Emergency Department at University Hospital Limerick has seen an unexpected increase in patients presenting over the last week, which has resulted in high numbers of patients waiting on trolleys and long delays."

She said she could not comment on a specific patient, but "UL Hospitals Group apologises that any patient has to wait to be admitted".

She said "delivery of the best possible care for the patient is our priority".

Irish Independent

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