Friday 23 August 2019

'Deepest regret' - Hospital apologises over care provided to woman who allegedly suffered delay diagnosing lung cancer

Mayo University Hospital Photo: Google Maps
Mayo University Hospital Photo: Google Maps

Tim Healy

MAYO University Hospital has apologised in the High Court for the standard of care provided to a woman who allegedly suffered a delay in the diagnosis of her lung cancer.

Mother of five and grandmother Marie McDonnell died in January of this year.

In a letter read to the court, the hospital unreservedly apologised to her husband for the standard of care delivered  to her when she had an x-ray at the hospital in July 2017.

“This was not the standard of care that our hospital believed was appropriate,’ the hospital general manager Catherine Donohue said.

The letter added: “We extend our deepest regret to you and your family with regards to that diagnosis and once again offer our sincerest apology.”

Before she died, Mrs McDonnell, along with her husband Anthony, of Riverdale Court, Knockthomas, Castlebar, Co Mayo had sued the HSE over the care she received at Mayo University Hospital in 2017.

On Wednesday, Mr McDonnell  settled the action against the HSE on confidential terms.

It was claimed Mrs McDonnell had a chest x-ray on July 17,2017 with a repeat x-ray in six to eight weeks recommended.

It was claimed there was an a failure to identify appearances on the x-ray which, it is claimed, were highly suspicious of bronchial carcinoma.

It was further claimed there was a failure to identify a mass lesion present and a failure to refer Mrs McDonnell for a CT scan.

Mrs McDonnell, it was further alleged, was not brought back for a repeat x-ray as recommended.

When she had a chest x-ray 15 months later,in October 2018, a lesion which had the appearance of an evolving bronchogenic carcinoma was detected.

Mrs McDonnell, it was claimed,  suffered a lost opportunity to be considered for feasibility of surgery.

She also allegedly lost the opportunity to  have the suspicious lung mass evaluated in July 2017 and allegedly suffered a delay in diagnosis.

The claims were denied.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross approved the settlement.

Online Editors

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News