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Saturday 12 July 2014

Exhausted, hungry, in pain... and eight hours in A&E

Marisa Reidy

Published 10/07/2013|15:02

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A THIRTEEN year old boy who broke his hand during a hurling match on Saturday waited almost eight hours in the emergency department at KGH before seeing a doctor, in what was a shambolic weekend for the health service in the county.

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A THIRTEEN year old boy who broke his hand during a hurling match on Saturday waited almost eight hours in the emergency department at KGH before seeing a doctor, in what was a shambolic weekend for the health service in the county.

In addition to chronic waiting times at the hospital's emergency room - which saw some patients opting to leave without even being seen by a doctor- staff shortages also left Listowel without ambulance cover on Monday, while Tralee was down to just one ambulance on the same day.

The north Kerry teenager arrived at KGH at 6.30pm on Saturday evening and did not get an x-ray on his hand until 2am, after which he was seen by a doctor who applied a cast and sent him home.

The boy had been up since 6.30am and had played in four hurling matches that day, and was 'sick with exhaustion' his mother told The Kerryman.

Kerryman

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