Saturday October 31, 2020

Spinal tap given to wrong patient in city hospital

A female patient has wrongly been given a spinal tap at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin , in a case of mistaken identity.

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
15th April, 2015

The patient had the same name, year of birth and a similar address as the patient who was actually supposed to have got the procedure.

The spinal tap is performed by inserting a needle under local anaesthetic to extract a sample of fluid to test for diseases such as bacterial meningitis or multiple sclerosis.

The mistake was only discovered by staff at Beaumont Hospital after “persistent questioning” by the woman when she turned up at...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader

Trial

€1

Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.

Annual

€200

€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.

Quarterly

€55

€42

90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly

€315

€248

Unlimited Access for 2 Years

This product does not auto-renew

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

Five of the region’s ten ICUs are also full as Covid-19 bed occupancy continues to rise

Rachel Lavin | 2 days ago

Our weekly update shows that new restrictions are starting to work

Rachel Lavin | 3 days ago

Private healthcare group is conserving financial resources to buffer it from shocks during the pandemic

Killian Woods | 4 days ago