The Courier-Mail

Stroke man found af­ter day in toi­let


A MAN who suf­fered an ap­par­ent stroke in a toi­let cu­bi­cle in one of Syd­ney’s busiest hos­pi­tals was not found un­til the next day.

Of­fi­cials at Royal North Shore Hos­pi­tal have con­firmed that the man, 67, was found by a hos­pi­tal cleaner in a public toi­let in its out­pa­tients depart­ment. He had gone un­no­ticed for 21 hours.

Last night the 67-year-old North Shore man was in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion in the same hos­pi­tal with his fam­ily by his bed­side. An ur­gent in­quiry has been or­dered into how the man, who ar­rived at the hos­pi­tal for a med­i­cal ap­point­ment at 9.30am on Mon­day, ended up not be­ing no­ticed by staff.

When he did not re­turn home from the ap­point­ment his con­cerned wife called the hos­pi­tal, Chan­nel 9 re­ported.

Staff told her that her hus­band had not turned up for the sched­uled ap­point­ment.

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