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DOCTOR 'FAILED' WOMAN; Medic error linked to death.


A CONSULTANT was yesterday found guilty of nine counts of poor professional performance relating to a woman who died of septic shock.

Consultant urologist Dr Thomas McDermott was investigated by the Medical Council following the death of Mary Walsh at Mount Carmel Hospital in December 2008.

Ms Walsh of Firhouse, West Dublin, died in Tallaght Hospital days after she had a routine operation at the Rathgar Mount Carmel. It was alleged at the two-day hearing that Dr McDermott failed to recognise the symptoms of perforation of the bladder, the onset of septic shock and did not arrange for the earlier transfer of Ms Walsh to Tallaght Hospital. Ms Walsh, 56, was admitted to Mount Carmel Hospital on December 5, 2008 for a cystoscopy.

Following the brief procedure she suffered some pain but quickly improved and was discharged.

However, later that evening she contacted the hospital saying she was in pain and was re-admitted.

Ms Walsh was seen by Dr McDermott in the early hours of December 6 and treated.

There appeared to be some improvement but she deteriorated again and was transferred to the hospital's High Dependency Unit.

Ms Walsh was transferred to Tallaght Hospital where she was diagnosed with perforation to the bladder and also infected liquid was found in her stomach cavity.

Tragically the retired teacher died two days later.

The fitness-to-practise committee will make recommendations on sanctions to a meeting of the full Medical Council at a later date.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 7, 2012
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