Answers sought on Roscommon hospital death

Wednesday 03 March 2010 20.26
Roscommon County Hospital - Circumstances of death investigated
Roscommon County Hospital - Circumstances of death investigated

The sister of a 52-year-old woman who died six days after she fell down a stairs in a wheelchair while she was a patient at Roscommon County Hospital has said her family is still waiting for an explanation from the HSE over the incident.

Anne Macklin, from Four Roads in Co Roscommon, was admitted to Roscommon County Hospital on Saturday 13 February after suffering a slight stroke.

Two days later Ms Macklin, who had multiple sclerosis, fell down the stairs in her wheelchair in the hospital.

She suffered a fractured eye socket, a dislocated shoulder and required six stitches to her head after the fall.

Her sister Brid Moore confirmed that the injuries led to complications with her breathing and she subsequently contracted pneumonia at the hospital. She died six days after the accident.

This afternoon Mrs Moore criticised the HSE's handling of the death.

Her family is 'very bitter' over the matter and is continuing to wait for answers.

While the nursing staff at the hospital were supportive of the family, Mrs Moore said the there was 'no apology' or explanation from management.

'All I got was a phone call to say that Anne had an accident. She was in a wheelchair and had fallen down some stairs,' Brid Moore explained.

'She didn't deserve to go that way. She had her problems but we might have had her a bit longer.'

A spokesperson for the HSE said: 'The HSE is currently examining the circumstances surrounding the death of person involved with one of our disability services in County Roscommon.'

'A preliminary review of the known facts is ongoing and we are awaiting certain medical reports. It will not be possible to comment further until that initial examination is completed.'

Gardaí in Roscommon confirmed that they are awaiting the results of the post mortem before making any further decision.