5 July 2023
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Dáil hears teenager with severed finger turned away from UHG
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Dáil has heard that a teenager who presented at UHG with a severed finger was turned away and told to come back in the morning.
Marian Harkin told the chamber the teen was initially brought to NoWDOC in Carrick-on-Shannon and then sent to Sligo, where he was bandaged and told to travel to UHG.
She alleged the 17 year old was advised in Galway to get a bed and breakfast as there was no-one to see him until the morning, and there were no trolleys available.
Opening her speech, Deputy Harkin apologised for her voice, as she’s recovering from laryngitis – but assured the chamber this matter cannot wait.
Meanwhile, Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice said the incident is a shocking indictment of healthcare in the North-West region.