Portlaoise hospital runs out of pillows

Pensioner Matt Dunne, who had to supply his own pillows while a patient in Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise last week.
A 90-year-old lady had to bring in her own pillows to give to her elderly neighbour in Portlaoise’s hospital last week after hospital staff could not find any.

A 90-year-old lady had to bring in her own pillows to give to her elderly neighbour in Portlaoise’s hospital last week after hospital staff could not find any.

With €666 million being cut from health this week and managers getting big top-ups, the Midlands Regional Hospital was unable to supply the most basic need last Tuesday to Mr Matt Dunne aged 73.

A resident in the Sue Ryder Nursing Home in Portlaoise, Mr Dunne fell ill early last Tuesday morning, with breathing difficulties.

After waiting an hour for an ambulance, he was immediately seen on arrival at A&E but was put on a trolley. Some 13 hours later he was given a bed in the emergency department.

“They brought me into a little poky room, like a store, with two beds,” he said.

While Mr Dunne said the staff were “brilliant” he said they could not find a pillow.

“The lady went frantic looking for pillows. She told me ‘I can’t get you any’. I couldn’t believe it, a hospital with no pillows,” he said.

He is grateful to his neighbour, also elderly, who went back to the Sue Ryder Centre for her pillows. “The health service is a shambles,” said Mr Dunne.