THE HSE has warned against patients bringing wallets and other valuables with them during hospital stays after a mother giving birth at University Maternity Hospital Limerick fell victim to thieves.
Gardai are investigating the incident and CCTV footage is being examined in an effort to identify the culprits.
Jill Leonard and her husband Adrian O’Connor had come to the hospital from Ennis on Friday, August 24. Following the safe delivery of a baby son Kane, the couple returned to the ward to find Jill’s wallet and smartphone missing.
“And then we realised we had been robbed at the time that I was giving birth,” Jill told the Irish Times, adding she had been left sick by the incident.
“The matter was reported to gardai, who are investigating,” a spokesman for the HSE said.
“In common with every major hospital in the country we strongly discourage patients from bringing valuables, for example cash, cards, and smartphones, with them.”