89-year-old left on trolley in Lourdes for two days

A LOCAL man has described in great detail the appalling conditions which his 89-year-old mother had to endure after being left on a trolley for two days at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

A LOCAL man has described in great detail the appalling conditions which his 89-year-old mother had to endure after being left on a trolley for two days at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

Dominic* - as the man shall be named for the purpose of this article as he does not want his statements to affect the care his mum is receiving – said the crisis in healthcare in the North East was a “disaster” and pleaded with the new government to do something about it.

He told The Dundalk Democrat: “What is going on is a pure disaster. You wouldn’t do it to animals.

“My mum was taken in to hospital on Tuesday last by ambulance and was left lying on a trolley until Thursday evening.

“There was another woman beside her and she couldn’t even get to the toilet.

“She asked me to take down the sides of the trolley for her but I couldn’t so I called a nurse who said she’d get someone to look after her in a minute. No one came though and the old woman starting panicking saying that she couldn’t hold on.

“It was a disgrace and in the end I can only presume that she wet the bed because I heard her apologising.

“It’s not right that people should be treated that way. There’s not even someone there to see do you want a drink of water.”

Dominic has also been a visit to to the Drogheda-based hospital in recent weeks and again was critical of the services.

“I had to go and get a blood sample but I was waiting eight and a half hours before leaving.

“Another girl who was there at the same time had just had major surgery and was bleeding. She was there before I came in and she was still there when I was leaving but she was just left waiting and waiting.

“There are loads of people with similar stories. After I left I went back to my GP and said I wouldn’t go back there so I ended up in the Beaumont.

“Drogheda is simply not fit to cope and what’s going on is just crazy. Can no politician go up and see what’s going on?

“There’s talk of them bringing James Reilly to the Louth Hospital but why isn’t he brought to the Lourdes to see what’s going on?

“I went up to the hospital with a niece of mine and she said that if it was her she’d rather die on the side of the road than go there.

“I’ve been in the Louth before it closed and you really couldn’t compare the two places. What’s going on now, you wouldn’t see it in a third world country.”

Dominic encouraged other people to tell their stories of the poor conditions in the Lourdes Hospital by reporting the matter to the Save Our Services group’s Watch It campaign. To tell your story text 087-3570512.

* Dominic is not the man’s real name.