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Leitrim teenager with burst appendix left on hospital trolley for 15 hours

Sep 15, 2022 17:09 By Shannonside News
Leitrim teenager with burst appendix left on hospital trolley for 15 hours Leitrim teenager with burst appendix left on hospital trolley for 15 hours
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GP Sean Bourke says these problems have been going on for years.

A Leitrim teenager suffering from a burst appendix was left 15 hours before being seen by a doctor at Sligo Hospital.

That's according to Ballinamore based GP Sean Bourke, who says major problems have been unfolding at the Northwest facility for many years now.

On Wednesday evening the hospital reached full bed capacity with management advising the public to contact their GP or Caredoc for non-urgent medical attention.

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Dr. Bourke says in recent weeks a boy with severe abdominal pain arrived at the Emergency Department at 5pm yet wasn't triaged until 5am the next morning.

Speaking on Let's Talk earlier the local GP called for the issues to be resolved at the hospital as a matter of urgency.

"There's a major problem in casualty. They can't blame COVID or anything like that. This has been going on for years and the government knows it's been going but there's hasn't been a good think-tank to solve it. Another patient I sent down had just had a knee-replacement and had pain in the back of his leg. We thought he had a clot. He was there for 4 hours and was then told he would be waiting 14 hours to be seen. It turned out he did have a clot but he ended up leaving because he wasn't going to wait 14 hours. He was dying with the pain"

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