Operation for kidney stones cancelled three times
A Dublin man who needs to be operated on to remove painful kidney stones has spoken of his frustration at having surgery cancelled three times in recent months.
Alan Martin (42), a father of two from Lucan in Dublin, who is a patient of Tallaght Hospital, has a medical condition which causes him to grow kidney stones.
He has had five operations since last summer and was due more surgery on November 15 but it was cancelled at short notice.
His surgery was rescheduled for December 3 and this went ahead and he was due another operation on January 14. But this was also cancelled.
He was given a new appointment for Thursday this week but he received a call the day before to say it was not going ahead.
A spokesman for Tallaght Hospital said it has engaged directly with the patient. Where demand for beds exceeds capacity, due to winter pressures and increased emergency admissions, it has a policy to reschedule elective admissions according to medical priority. This policy prioritises cancer patients and clinically urgent cases and takes into consideration time on the waiting lists.