Category Archives: Hospitals

David Cassidy in ‘critical condition’ with organ failure

[caption id="attachment_7050" align="aligncenter" width="620"] UNITED STATES - JULY 28: THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY - "Gallery" 1971 David Cassidy (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)[/caption] David Cassidy is in hospital in critical condition, according to reports. The 67-year-old American actor and singer was reportedly rushed to hospital in Florida three days ago, after suffering from organ failure in his liver and kidneys. According to TMZ, the actor is looking at getting a liver transplant, without which ‘he could soon die’ with the situation ‘looking grim’. The actor is best known for his role as Keith Partridge in the 1970s musical sitcom The Partridge Family, causing him to become a popular teen idol and pop singer. Back in March, the actor revealed he was battling dementia and...
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€855k awarded to woman who lost eight pints of blood

A woman who went in to hospital for a routine day procedure but ended up losing eight pints of blood when an artery was torn has been awarded over €855,000 by the High Court, writes Ann O'Loughlin. Mr Justice Kevin Cross said he accepted the expert evidence that Gina Van Amersfoorth's pain and suffering is likely to persist for the rest of her life at its present level if not worsen. Ms Van Amersfoorth, the judge said, had gone into hospital for a routine diagnostic procedure in June 2002 to establish why she was unable to get pregnant. Unfortunately, Mr Justice Cross said, while she was under anaesthetic a surgical instrument called a trocar was inserted into her abdomen to allow telescopic examination but there was signficiant bleeding from a major blood vessel...
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Donegal man to make it up the aisle after accident

A Donegal man paralysed by a freak accident is going ahead with his wedding next month after refusing to postpone his big day, despite still being confined to hospital. Alan Patterson was paralysed ten months ago after an accident on a trampoline. The hockey player, who played with Instonians in Belfast, dislocated his spine and was in intensive care for weeks. The Killygordon man has been in hospital since and a series of fundraising events have been held for him in Donegal and in Northern Ireland. The 27-year-old is getting married to his fiancée Hilary Bradshaw in Armagh on June 10th but Alan is determined to get himself out of the Belfast hospital he is in after his wedding and in an unusual step Alan has advertised...
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Varadkar promises medical negligence reforms

New measures to speed up the processing of medical negligence cases and cut legal costs will be introduced by the end of the year, according to the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Legislative changes would include the introduction of pre-action protocols and periodic payment orders to the victims of medical negligence, Mr Varadkar told delegates at the Irish Medical Organisation conference in Kilkenny. Issues relating to birth defect payouts would also be examined. Media excluded from GP meeting on under-6s contract Childbirth malpractice cost HSE €67m over five years Consultant members of the IMO had earlier warned the Minister of an escalating crisis over rising indemnity costs for doctors. “We have no problem with the right awards being made to patients but please do something about the legal costs,” said...
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Hospital trolleys: Behind record figures lies much unnecessary suffering

It says something about our loss of a sense of outrage that 563 sick people languishing on hospital trolleys for want of beds has elicited so little condemnation. In 2006, when money was plentiful and expectations higher, former minister for health Mary Harney was forced to declare a national emergency when the number of patients on trolleys hit 495, well below Monday’s level. Then, in 2011, after trolley numbers peaked at 569, another former health minister, James Reilly, promised that “never again” would they be allowed to go so high. Reilly repeated this pledge many times as the numbers dropped in the early years of his tenure. That achievement was to prove short-lived; once the plug was pulled on the extra money that drove the reductions in waiting lists, the upward...
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