The Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar has apologised in the High Court for the failings in the care of a 59-year-old woman who died in the hospital six years ago.

Angela Farrell, from Athlone in Co Westmeath, died three days after being admitted to the hospital on Friday 7 December 2012 with severe abdominal pain and vomiting.

Her husband, Noel Farrell, sued the Health Service Executive on behalf of her family.

Mrs Farrell had had previous abdominal surgery and was identified in the Emergency Department as having an acute obstruction in her abdomen or bowel. 

However her husband claimed the hospital then failed to appropriately assess and treat her and misdiagnosed her as suffering from acute gastritis. 

The court heard that over the weekend, the hospital failed to carry out any scans of her abdomen, which would have shown she was suffering from a complication of the previous operation and needed surgery. 

She died on Monday 10 December 2012.

In an apology read to the court, General Manager of the hospital Shona Schneemann said the HSE and the hospital wanted to express an unreserved apology to Mr Farrell and his family for the failings in the care afforded to Mrs Farrell in December 2012. 

Ms Schneemann said they extended their deepest sympathy to Mr Farrell and his family and said they understood the apology could not negate the adverse effect the loss of his wife had had on their lives.

The action was settled on confidential terms.

The solicitor for Mr Farrell and his family, Tony McLynn, said that although the hospital's apology took three years, the fact that it was ultimately forthcoming and that it was unreserved was greatly appreciated by them and helped to bring some closure.