‘Systems failure’ at Letterkenny Hospital results in death of Buncrana man, 26

first_imgA 26-year-old Donegal man died as a result of brain injuries after the perforation of his small bowel following a systems failure at Letterkenny General Hospital that led to medical misadventure.The Galway County Coroner made his findings as he concluded in his verdict at the inquest into the death of the Buncrana man.Dr Ciaran McLoughlin said there seemed to be no satisfactory method in the hospital so that a patient could be transferred safely and securely from the care of one consultant to the care of another. He said John Paul McCloskey was never under the care of a physician consultant when he was admitted to the hospital in Letterkenny in October of 2016.The coroner complimented a nurse and a night manager at the hospital for their vigilance and behaviour when John Paul became seriously ill on 20 October.The coroner said there is a need for somebody to be in charge and for somebody to take responsibility.He suggested that under the old ward sister arrangement there might have been more vigilance about something like this happening. The late John Paul McCloskeyAfterwards John Paul McCloskey’s mother Angela told RTE she forgave all concerned for what happened, saying: “my poor John will now rest in peace”.Ms McCloskey had earlier told the coroner’s court in Galway she was appalled by the way John Paul was treated.She was giving evidence into the circumstances surrounding the death of John Paul, after he was subsequently transferred from Letterkenny to Galway University Hospital where he died.John Paul McCloskey was admitted to Letterkenny General Hospital on 11 October 2016 complaining of vomiting and diarrhoea but was not operated on and died in Galway University Hospital on 20 October from septic shock after he suffered a perforated bowel.The inquest was told that, after Mr McCloskey was admitted to hospital, he was to be transferred to the care of a gastroenterologist. The on-call consultant physician said she assumed this had taken place but in a statement presented to the inquest the gastroenterologist said he was never made aware of the case.He was going away to a conference two days later and was only made aware of the case when he came back several days later.At the inquest into his death this morning Ms McCloskey said the last time she spoke to her son he said “I don’t know what’s happening to me mummy. I wonder did our lord suffer as much on the cross as I am suffering right now?”She said after this conversation she demanded to see a doctor and sought an explanation about his care but it was too late. Her son was then unconscious and never regained consciousness.Dr McLoughlin asked surgical staff at Letterkenny General Hospital why they did not take over the care of Mr McCloskey when asked repeatedly to do so by medical staff at the hospital.Dr McLoughlin said Mr McCloskey had a bowel obstruction that was visible on a CT scan, but surgical staff did not take over his care when initially asked to do so.Two members of the hospital’s surgical staff told the inquest they both examined Mr McCloskey and he showed little abdominal pain so they declined to proceed with surgery at that stage.Dr McLoughlin said Mr McCloskey had no dedicated physician at the hospital and there seemed to be a mix up or delay in the treatment he got.‘Systems failure’ at Letterkenny Hospital results in death of Buncrana man, 26 was last modified: July 29th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranacoronerJohn Paul McCloskeyletterkenny hospitallast_img