Elderly man with heart, serious condition, waiting on hospital tram, since Sunday



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Update 16h40: The HSE said in a statement: "The Emergency Department of the University Hospital of Galway has been extremely busy last week.

"We have admitted a significant number of sick patients recently, many of whom remain in the emergency room, waiting for a bed. We apologize for the discomfort or inconvenience caused to patients or their loved ones who are experiencing long waiting periods.

"We particularly regret that elderly patients are waiting for long periods of hospitalization. We can not comment on any patient individually because of patient confidentiality.

"We are committed to treating everyone in our ED, but we do it strictly in order of medical priority and we apologize for the long waiting times currently.

"We had a very large number of patients attending the UHG Emergency Department in the last few days – during the 24-hour period yesterday we had 266 patients attending ED, our highest attendance ever."

The man is still waiting in a cart.

Galway University Hospital

Update 12.30pm: An elderly man with severe heart disease is currently waiting in a stroller in a busy hallway at the University Hospital of Galway since Sunday lunch.

Mr. Bobby Madden (81) was admitted to the Accident and Emergency unit 48 hours ago by order of his cardiologist but is still without a bed and has not been able to sleep since he was admitted.

Speaking of her stroll to the Irish Examiner, Madden described her condition as "very serious."

He said:

"The place is terribly noisy, it's hard to hear, but I was admitted to Sunday lunch. There was no chance of sleeping, there is noise all the time. It's horrible. "

Mr. Madden described the situation in the A & E department where he is.

"There's very little space, trollies everywhere. My condition is serious or not, I would not be here. But this is terrible. I've been here since Sunday lunch and I still have no bed, "he said.

His worried doctor said that if he does not go to bed soon, he should be sent home, because staying in a stroller can have serious consequences.

Concerned members of families have sought to appeal to hospital heads and even local TDs, including the independent state minister Sean Canney, who is seeking to help the situation.

It is understood that Mr. Canney made investigations with the hospital and was informed that a bed was promised, but has not yet been delivered.

Queries were made with the HSE and the answers are awaited.

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