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Crash dad died after CT scan delayed

THE daughter of a man who died from a brain bleed asked three times that he be given a CT scan before he was discharged from hospital without being seen by a doctor.

Daniel O'Brien (77, below) was assessed and discharged by an advanced nurse practitioner at St James's Hospital A&E, Dublin on September 18 last year.

Dublin City Coroner's Court heard that Mr O'Brien arrived at hospital by ambulance after the car he was driving was involved in a "heavy impact" two-car collision.

Mr O'Brien, who had left knee pain, was diagnosed with a soft tissue injury by advanced nurse practitioner Derek Brown, who told the inquest he found no "objective signs" of a head injury and discharged him.

Mr O'Brien went back to the A&E department the following morning complaining of severe headaches and nausea. He collapsed around 30 minutes after being seen by a doctor.

The inquest heard there was a delay in carrying out a CT scan. It was done more than two and a half hours later although an urgent CT would normally be carried out within an hour.

Daughter Jacky O'Brien told the inquest that on September 18 she had asked three times for a CT scan, but "they refused to complete one".

A jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

The coroner said he would write to the relevant bodies with recommendations.