Longford patient spends 12 hours on hospital trolley

On Wednesday June 1 last, County Longford pensioner Margaret McCormack entered the doors of Mullingar General Hospital.

On Wednesday June 1 last, County Longford pensioner Margaret McCormack entered the doors of Mullingar General Hospital.

Experiencing pain and discomfort, the Killoe lady was shown to a chair at the hospital’s Accident & Emergency waiting room at 5pm in the evening. She remained there until 4am on Thursday June 2 at which time she was shown to a trolley where she was to spend 12.5 hours.

“I’ve worked all my life and I did expect more respect than what I was put through,” Margaret McCormack told the Leader recently. “I was sitting on a very uncomfortable chair until I went to the office and begged for a different chair...They put me on a trolley which was more uncomfortable than the chair.

“I was terrified. I cried until I was taken to a ward at 4.30am (Thursday June 2). I am not looking for sympathy but as a pensioner I did expect a little respect. I worked all my life and was always willing to help others in need.”

To read this story in full, see this week’s Longford Leader.