Wednesday 26 October 2016

Tallaght hospital to meet family of 102-year-old who spent 26 hours on trolley

Published 05/06/2015 | 13:31

Tallaght Hospital
Tallaght Hospital

Tallaght hospital has apologised to a 102-year-old woman who was forced to spend 26 hours on a trolley earlier this week.

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The elderly woman was brought to the hospital at 2pm on Monday, where she was diagnosed with heart problems.

After her initial treatment, the woman was placed on a trolley, where she remained until 5pm on Tuesday evening.

“On behalf of the hospital I would like to apologise to this patient and her family for the unacceptable delay she expected,” said Sarah McMickan, Deputy CEO at Tallaght hospital.

“Later this afternoon, the CEO and I will be meeting with her family to discuss in person the delay that was experienced.”

Speaking on Newstalk radio, Ms McMickan told Lunchtime that the hospital had experienced “extreme pressure” on its emergency department over the Bank Holiday weekend.

“This resulted in long delays for many patients on Monday and Tuesday,” she said.

“Unfortunately delays are a reality in emergency departments, but our staff are working to ensure that delays are minimised.”

Adding: “This patient’s wait was unacceptable… and we’re working on our processes to ensure that such patients get through our systems quicker.”

Ms McMickan said that Tallaght Hospital had seen a 25pc rise in the number of elderly patients coming into its emergency department in recent years, and had begun to work with the HSE to create a special unit to help tackle this increase.

Dr James Gray, consultant in emergency medicine at Tallaght Hospital, who treated the woman told Newstalk that the woman told him she planned to write to President Higgins to complain about her treatment.

He explained that the medical team had "great concerns" that the lady had been subjected to "a human rights abuse".

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