A 93-year-old woman was left on a hospital trolley in Beaumont last week amid a bad week of health service reports in Ireland. Essie Tiernan, from north Dublin, was suffering from pain and pressure sores from a recurring infection as she waited for a hospital bed.
Her grand-niece Michelle Cleary told Morning Ireland that she ‘had no dignity’ as she waited overnight, as ‘half of Dublin’ heard of her medical complaints as she had no privacy.
A report of a 91-year-old man, suffering from Parkinson’s, also spending 29 hours on a trolley at Tallaght Hospital, also emerged last week. In a statement the hospital said it acknowledged and regretted “the difficult conditions experienced by patients and staff at its Emergency Department”.
“If patients or their families have concerns about care received in Beaumont, we invite them to contact the hospital’s Patient Representative Office to discuss the matter.
“The hospital has one of the busiest EDs in Ireland, providing services to over 50,000 patients each year. 2015 has seen an increase in attendances at the ED along with an older profile and a greater complexity of illness in patients presenting.
“It is Beaumont Hospital’s practice to treat all patients with dignity and care. Staff endeavour to free as many beds as possible to meet demand each day.