Hospital regrets shortage

Portlaoise Hospital have expressed their regrets on running out of pillows for a patient last week.

The Leinster Express last week reported that elderly Portlaoise man Matt Dunne was admitted with breathing difficulties in the early hours of Tuesday November 19.

He was given a bed after spending 13 hours on a trolley in A&E.

However a search for pillows by staff was fruitless, leaving it up to Mr Dunne’s 90 year old good neighbour to get a taxi back to her home in the Sue Ryder complex, and bring over her own pillows for him to use.

“I couldn’t believe it, a hospital with no pillows. The health service is a shambles,” said Mr Dunne.

Mr Dunne, 73, used the pillows for the next three days in hospital where he was being treated for bronchitis.

The Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise issued a statement through the HSE yesterday.

“The Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise experienced an unprecedented spike in the level of acuity of patients who attended the Emergency Department on 20 and 21st November. In these circumstances there is more demand on pillows.

The Hospital regrets if this situation caused any distress,” the statement reads.




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