STGH apologise for death of father of five

South Tipp General Hospital has apologised, and accepted responsibility for the death of a father of five in 2014.

Evan Morrissey of New Inn, had repeatedly presented to the hospital complaining of headaches – but had been diagnosed with migrane and discharged.

28 year old Evan Morrissey began to complain of a very severe headache and nausea on March 2nd, 2014 and was taken by ambulance to South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel where he was diagnosed with migraine and discharged.

The father of five from Fr Meehan Crescent in New Inn subsequently returned to the hospital twice more that month complaining of headaches, before being transferred to Cork University Hospital on March 18th – after it was discovered he had an acute frontal lobe cerebral haemorrhage.

He died there on March 22nd.

General manager at South Tipperary General Hospital Maria Barry said that the “hospital accepts responsibility for the tragic death and for the heartache and distress suffered by his family as a result of his death.”

The apology was part of terms of a settlement of a High Court action brought by his partner and children over his death.

The other terms are confidential.

South Tipp General Hospital have since drafted and implemented a headache protocol.