Tuesday 20 August 2019

Tallaght Hospital to launch review after disclosure information on man (91)

Tallaght Hospital
Tallaght Hospital
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

TALLAGHT Hospital has said it will launch an investigation after details of a 91-year-old man being left on a trolly for 29 hours were revealed to the media.

The 91-year-old man with advanced Parkinson’s disease was left for 29 hours, while his wife, also 91, spent more than seven hours in A&E.

In a strongly worded memo Tallaght Hospital emergency consultant Dr James Gray described the situation as “grave and dangerous”.

“It is only a matter of time before we disclose our next crowding-related death at Tallaght Hsopital while crowding is tolerated,” he said a letter to Health Minister Leo Varadkar and senior health managers.

In a statement this evening, the hospital said:

"Arising from concerns expressed by an elderly patient to senior management at Tallaght Hospital, an internal review is to be conducted into the circumstances surrounding the disclosure and characterisation of certain confidential patient information to national media in recent days.

"The patient in question has expressed strong dissatisfaction with the manner in which his personal clinical circumstances have been revealed and elements of his care misrepresented in media and other public channels over the past 24 hours.

"The patient, who suffers from a chronic condition requiring regular attendance at the Hospital, has expressed his appreciation for the standard of treatment received throughout all his periods of care at Tallaght Hospital. 

"While the Hospital apologises that the patient in question was subject to an unacceptable delay prior to being transferred to a ward bed on Monday, the Hospital also has a strong duty of care to safeguard the interests of all its patients and will take necessary steps to ensure these are upheld at all times."

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