Grandmother, 85, left on trolley at University Hospital Limerick for days

Fintan Walsh, Health Correspondent


Fintan Walsh, Health Correspondent


Grandmother, 85, left on trolley at University Hospital Limerick for days

Katie Sheehan with her grandmother Anastasia Coonan, who was left on a trolley for four days PICTURE: Katie Sheehan/Twitter

AN 85-year-old grandmother was left on a trolley at University Hospital Limerick’s state-of-the-art emergency department for four days, it has been reported. 

Anastasia Coonan was last Friday taken to UHL with a suspected stroke. 

However according to family, who took to social media to hit out at the conditions in Dooradoyle, the pensioner was left in the packed corridor of the emergency department for days. 

On April 13, there were 231 presentations to the emergency department, 67 of those were aged over 75. 

In a tweet to Minister Simon Harris on April 15, granddaughter Katie Sheehan said with a picture of her holding Anastasia’s hand in the hospital:

“My 85 year old grandmother after a stroke!!!! Day 3 on a trolley parked in front of a isolation room in A&E, that in itself is a massive risk for a woman of her age! Mr Harris! why is this problem still a massive issue! Even after the opening of the new and A&E??”

According to a report in the Irish Sun this Wednesday morning, within three hours of the tweet, Katie’s grandmother had received a bed. 

In an interview with the newspaper, Katie said: “She was complaining with pains in her head because she hadn’t slept for four days. She didn’t have privacy to get changed into her pyjamas.”

In a statement to the newspaper, UL Hospitals Group stated: 

“UL Hospitals Group cannot comment on individual cases for reasons of patient confidentiality. We regret that elderly patients – or indeed any of our patients - have to face long waits in our ED during busy periods and any distress or inconvenience this causes to patients and their loved ones.

“Overcrowding is a whole-hospital issue and not an issue strictly for the ED. A multi-faceted approach is required to tackle overcrowding, encompassing additional bed capacity, improved patient flow, the development of integrated care programmes with community services – all of which are being addressed by the Group – and other measures.”