Patient shared trolley with handcuffed prisoner in Cork

Patient shared trolley with handcuffed prisoner in Cork

Sam McNicholl, who runs Connolly’s popular pub and music venue in Leap, Co Cork, has described sharing a trolley with a handcuffed prisoner in Cork University Hospital’s emergency department last month, writes Evelyn Ring.

Mr McNicholl had appendicitis symptoms but there was no trolley available when he arrived so he sat in agony on a plastic chair for eight hours.

Speaking on C103’s Cork Today Show, Mr McNicholl said he felt CUH staff, who were wonderful, were pushed beyond breaking point: “My instinct was to leave. I was actually taking turns on a trolley with another young guy. I don’t know what he was in the hospital for. The only thing I do know is he was a prisoner. He was handcuffed to somebody.”

Mr McNicholl arrived at the hospital at 11pm but had to wait until 4pm the next day for surgery. He wrote about his experience on Facebook in appreciation for the hard work and kindness of hospital staff.

Patient shared trolley with handcuffed prisoner in Cork

Stephen McMahon of the Irish Patients Association raised the case of a patient in Tallaght Hospital in Dublin who was on a trolley in a ward since Monday: “She has sepsis and her trolley is beside a sliding door which makes it all the more uncomfortable that ward.”

The hospital said its emergency department had had a very high number of emergency attendances which caused longer patient waiting times.

This article first appeared in the Irish Examiner.


More in this Section

Coveney to discuss coronavirus with leaders in the NorthCoveney to discuss coronavirus with leaders in the North

Agriculture Minister announces mart managers can facilitate animal sales in some circumstancesAgriculture Minister announces mart managers can facilitate animal sales in some circumstances

Professor welcomes new test due that can determine if people are post-virus and clear to workProfessor welcomes new test due that can determine if people are post-virus and clear to work

Travel restrictions into and on island of Ireland to be discussed by NPHET todayTravel restrictions into and on island of Ireland to be discussed by NPHET today


Lifestyle

With (hopefully) better weather on the way along with the longer evenings, gardening and nature offer a nice distraction to the news cycle.Podcast Corner: Green fingers and creature comforts

From Kaia Gerber to Oprah Winfrey, why not let a famous face choose your next read?The 4 best celebrity book clubs to virtually join

Because privacy is a privilege, not a right.8 things you’ll only know if you’re self-isolating with your parents

This week we had a lockdown birthday party, too much TV and a reminder from Joe Wicks that I’m 53Learner Dad: What I learned from week two on lockdown

More From The Irish Examiner