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Brady to seek overhaul in hospital protocols following serious incident at Loughlinstown

30 August, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow/East Carlow John Brady has said that he will seek an overhaul in patient protocols at St. Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown when he meets with the hospital’s General Manager and Clinical Director this week. 

The meeting is taking place at the request of Teachta Brady following a serious incident which saw an individual suffering a heart attack on the Main Street in Bray moments after being refused treatment at St Columcille’s as he was without a GP referral letter. 

Speaking this afternoon, Teachta Brady said: 

“Having highlighted the disgraceful ill-treatment of an individual at St. Columcille’s Hospital last week, I will meet with the General Manager and Clinical Director of the hospital this Thursday. 

“On learning of the protocols in place at the hospital for persons who present themselves for treatment, I had requested an urgent meeting with Hospital Management to discuss the matter. 

“I will be requesting that the current protocols in place at the hospital are reviewed without delay to ensure that no patient presenting at St. Columcille’s in serious pain will go ignored regardless of a GP referral letter. 

“I absolutely appreciate the stress and strain hospital staff are under throughout our hospitals but there is no excuse for the way in which this individual was treated two weeks ago.

“No individual should experience anything other than care and attention when they attend a hospital. This must form the basis of any hospital protocol. 

“I look forward to meeting with the hospital representatives on Thursday and I await the outcome of the full investigation currently underway which I welcome.” 

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