In 2014 Mr Evan Morrissey, aged 28, from Cashel, Co. Tipperary, who had initially attended at South Tipperary General Hospital complaining of a severe headache, vomiting and neck pain; died at Cork University Hospital, some 20 days after he had first sought help.
The young father of five was sent home from hospital three times, having being told he was suffering from migraine; later died following a haemorrhage from a cerebral artery aneurysm. He had been sent home three times before a scan following his fourth visit on March 18th, eventually showed he was experiencing an intra-cranial haemorrhage to the brain; latter which, according to medical personnel, at the longest, had occurred within the previous two days.
Consultant Radiologist Dr John Hynes of South Tipperary General Hospital told the Coroner’s Court that a previous scan, undertaken on March 7th, had come back showing everything was clear.
On that evening of the fourth visit, Mr Morrissey was immediately transferred to Cork University Hospital, however despite medical intervention he had sadly passed away.
A jury of four women and two men returned a verdict in line with the medical evidence produced. Mr Philip Comyn (Coroner) extended his deepest sympathies to Mr Morrissey’s partner, M/s Gwen Bradley’s and their five children.
Speaking after the inquest into the death of Mr Morrissey, M/s Bradley stated that she no longer had faith in the Irish hospital system. She instructed her solicitor Mr Cian O’Carroll to withdraw from the inquest, when the coroner refused to allow him to ask a CUH consultant about the treatment that Mr Morrissey had received on each visit to the South Tipperary General hospital facility.
The court was also informed that, since this event, new guidelines, including a check-list to identify red-flag issues, has since been introduced for emergency department staff at South Tipperary General Hospital.
Death By Geography For Tipperary Dwellers
Meanwhile last month (March 2017), Cork University Hospital (CUH) recorded the highest trolley figure nationwide at 716. Second highest for the same period was University Hospital Limerick (UHL) at 699, followed by University Hospital Galway (UHG) at 638, with hospitals outside Dublin continuing to endure the worst of the overcrowding; as already forecast by the Siren Study.