'If I had to go to Tullamore A&E I would be dead' says young Laois man

Michelle Hogan

Reporter:

Michelle Hogan

'If I had to go to Tullamore A&E I would be dead' says young Laois man

'If I had to go to Tullamore A&E I would be dead' says young Laois man

A 24-year-old man attended the last week's public meeting to save Portlaoise hospital because he said if it wasn't for Portlaoise A&E he would be dead.

Joe Rossa from Portlaoise said that he could not have travelled any further for emergency services and young people who do not drive will suffer if Portlaoise Emergency Department closes.

“This time last year at about 4am a massive cyst formed on my neck, about the size of a tennis ball and I could barely breathe.

“We don’t have a car luckily enough my girlfriend's parents live in the town and they were awake. If I had to go to Tullamore I would be dead.

“If anyone has any questions about what will happen if the A&E is shut down; people will die. I wouldn’t be here, my friends wouldn’t be here that is the reality everyone knows someone who has been in an emergency situation you can’t wait for over an hour to get to Tullamore or Tallaght it is a matter of minutes.

#Watch Laois mother's plea for Portlaoise A&E as daughter suffers up to two hour epileptic seizures.

Read more: Excellence in quality at Portlaoise Hospital.

Downgrade of Portlaoise hospital is not 'clearcut' - insists Health Minister who says he will not be 'bounced' into call.