University Hospital Waterford has begun a review into the death of a 58-year-old man within hours of being discharged from the emergency department.

Dick Sullivan from Tramore had presented at UHW with chest pains on 10 September last and was treated in a corridor before being given a prescription for antibiotics and sent home, according to his family.

He died later that evening after collapsing in his back garden.

UHW is regularly highlighted by locals for overcrowding and pressurised conditions in the emergency section. 20 people were waiting on trolleys earlier today.

In a statement, hospital management extended its "deepest sympathy" to the family of Dick Sullivan "at this difficult time for them".

The hospital said it cannot comment on individual cases, but said: "As is standard practice at the time of sudden deaths, the hospital’s Safety Incident Management team has initiated a review."

Mr Sullivan was brought to hospital by ambulance on 10 September after becoming unwell with chest pains and his wife Ann told the Waterford News & Star that he "was treated in the corridor" without any privacy.

After being examined by a nurse and then waiting for some time, he was seen by a doctor, Mrs Sullivan said, and given "a prescription for a stronger antibiotic" for a suspected lung infection.

"We brought him home from the hospital at 4.30pm and he was dead by 7.30pm," she told the newspaper, describing her husband as "an amazing man, so happy-go-lucky".

The case has again focused attention on conditions UHW, following recent controversies surrounding part-time cath lab facilities for heart attack patients, the state of the mortuary, and last week’s criticism by fundraisers of the failure to provide money for staff to open the new 20-bed palliative care unit.