South Tipperary General Hospital apologised in the High Court to the family of PJ Lonergan (39) who died of an acute irregular heart beat the morning after he was sent home from the hospital where two ECG tests were conducted.
The apology was read out in the High Court as Mr Lonergan’s son Mark (19) settled for €900,000 his action against the HSE over the care of his father at the Tipperary hospital four years ago.
In a separate case before the High Court on Thursday, the Department of Psychiatry at St Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny also apologised to the Lonergan family as they settled an action against the HSE over the death of PJ Lonergan’s father, Eddie Lonergan (74), who died on January 10th, 2013, the day after he was discharged from the hospital where he was receiving psychiatric care. He had been transferred to St Luke’s from South Tipperary General Hospital.
Approving both settlements, Mr Justice Kevin Cross sympathised with the Lonergan family of Templenoe, Cashel, on their sad loss and said he hoped they would now be able to get on with their lives.
The settlement in relation to the death of Eddie Lonergan was confidential.
PJ Lonergan’s son Mark sued the HSE through his mother Anne Marie Butler over the death of his father on May 7th, 2014.
It was claimed there was a failure to admit PJ Lonergan to hospital on May 6th, 2014 when he presented at the emergency department and had two ECGs.
It was claimed there was also an alleged failure to pay sufficient heed to an abnormal ECG and an alleged failure to consider all the possible different diagnoses for a patient with abnormal ECG findings.