Wednesday 21 February 2018

Dying father 'left on trolley for over 12 hours'

Joanne Moloney with a picture of her father Eddie (73). Photo: Marie McCallan/Press 22
Joanne Moloney with a picture of her father Eddie (73). Photo: Marie McCallan/Press 22
Eddie Moloney. Photo: Press 22

David Raleigh

The daughter of a well-known Limerick businessman has described how her dying father was left for over 12 hours on a hospital trolley surrounded by drunks and sick patients.

Eddie Moloney (73) passed away lying beneath a blaring television in a busy and crowded public ward among other patients and their families at University Hospital Limerick (UHL).

Highlighting the "lack of privacy for dying patients" at the hospital, Mr Moloney's heartbroken daughter Joanne said: "I don't want anyone else to go through what my father and our family went through."

The mother of four added: "There was no privacy for Dad when he was nearing the end of his life. It's the least that can be done for a human being." In a statement, UHL said "where possible, a patient identified as being at the end of life is prioritised for a bed - preferably in a single room - and an End-of-Life Care section is built in to our bed booking systems to facilitate this.

"Unfortunately, in a busy hospital where there are competing demands for single rooms . . . this is not always possible."

Mr Moloney, who ran Modesty Clothing in Limerick for 30 years, was brought by ambulance to UHL on October 8 after suffering a bleed on his brain.

"He was left on a trolley in a corridor for over 12 hours," daughter Joanne explained. "There were drunks falling around and pushing into me and my mum - a typical Friday night in the hospital."

Irish Independent

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