Sunday 15 December 2019

'I found it very difficult to sleep with the pain, but my family were here' - David (78) on his A&E wait

David Rooney (78) with his daughter Lorraine Cummins
David Rooney (78) with his daughter Lorraine Cummins

Dean Gray

David Rooney from Kilbarrack spent five hours waiting on a trolley at Beaumont Hospital.

The hospital had the highest number of patients on trolleys in Dublin, at 22, yesterday.

David (78) spoke to the Irish Independent about his experience at the hospital following a broken hip.

"Overall, my experience here has been very good. I lost my balance and broke my hip in the house last Monday night, but thankfully it wasn't worse," he said. "The ambulance came right away and luckily I wasn't waiting long because I know full well that the Emergency Department here can be very crowded.

"I was put straight on to a trolley and must have been waiting for about five hours to be seen. I found it very difficult to sleep with the pain, but at least my family were here to keep me company.

"They operated on me the following day and I'm now in for physio which I find very sore.

"I found it very strange when I was at the [Emergency Department] a few months ago because the place was totally deserted. This was all down to the bus strike, which goes to show that a lot of people with injuries have no other way to get to the hospital.

"I'm happy that the doctors are giving me the time of day and to be honest I find them very good.

"I like the food here too. I know a lot of people don't, but I'm just a regular Joe Soap."

David's daughter Lorraine said she knew just how busy Beaumont Hospital could be.

"It's like every hospital in the country at the moment, but we've been blessed that whenever my dad is brought in here he's taken in immediately and dealt with because he has so many medical issues," she said.

"In Temple Street Children's Hospital. for instance. you could be waiting up to 24 hours with a sick child to be seen."

Irish Independent

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