Woman died after minor elective surgery, inquest hears

A woman who had minor elective surgery at a private hospital in Dublin died less than two weeks later, an inquest has heard.

Woman died after minor elective surgery, inquest hears

Susan McGee, aged 52, a mother of two from Skerries Rd in Rush, Co Dublin, died at Beaumont Hospital on July 24, 2013, eight days after she was discharged from The Hermitage Medical Clinic following surgery.

The inquest into her death was opened at Dublin Coroner’s Court but adjourned following legal submissions.

The court heard that Ms McGee attended The Hermitage for an elective hernia surgery on July 13, 2013.

Giving evidence, Garda Derek Dalton said she was discharged three days later on July 16 and returned to her home where she was being looked after by her daughter Melissa Barry.

“She was readmitted to The Hermitage at 10pm that night,” said Garda Dalton. “She remained in hospital where her condition was monitored. Susan McGee was seen by several clinical professionals. She contacted her daughter on July 22 and said she felt extremely unwell.

“On the same date she underwent surgery. She was then transferred to the intensive care unit in Beaumont Hospital on July 23, 2013.”

She passed away just after midnight on July 24, the court heard. Her body was identified to gardaí at Beaumont Hospital by Ms Barry.

Garda Dalton confirmed there are no suspicious circumstances in the death.

Ms Barry is expected to give further evidence about her mother’s care when the hearing resumes.

The inquest had been scheduled for a full hearing but was adjourned following submissions from legal representatives for the family, The Hermitage and two consultants who were due to give evidence.

Barrister for the family Dr Simon Mills told the court there will be a “tension” between what Ms Barry will say in evidence and what is recorded in the nursing notes.

He said he also anticipates there would be a tension between the two consultants due to give evidence and the nursing notes.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell adjourned the inquest.

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