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Monday 19 February 2018

Man dies after two days on trolley in Limerick hospital

Barry Duggan

A MAN died from a suspected heart attack after lying on a trolley for two days at one of the country's busiest hospitals.

An inquest will be held to determine the exact cause of the 35-year-old patient's death at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital last month.

The man died while awaiting transfer from the Dooradoyle hospital to St John's hospital across the city.

He suffered from an inflammatory bowel condition known as Crohn's disease, but it is believed that this did not contribute to his death.

The Irish Independent understands that he was seen by both senior and junior doctors at the hospital in the 48 hours before he died.

It is understood that the incident prompted members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives' Organisation (INMO) to raise "specific concerns" at a meeting with local HSE management last Thursday.

The transfer of patients from the hospital and the protocol used was discussed.

Last night, a HSE spokesman said they did not comment on individual cases, adding that ''we respect the primacy of the coroner's investigation.

"There is nothing to suggest at this moment any association between inter-hospital transfers and poor outcomes for patients in the Mid-West..

"We would find it regrettable if there is any association prematurely made between day to day management of our hospitals and a tragic event in the life of any person or family," the spokesman added.

Irish Independent

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