Inquest takes place into the death of a Lisa Niland

A coroner has returned a verdict of medical misadventure following an inquest into the death of a young Sligo woman who was admitted to Sligo University Hospital.


The inquest into the death of 19-year-old Lisa Niland concerned a delay at Sligo University Hospital in carrying out an emergency CT scan which disclosed a bleed on the brain.


Ms Niland with an address of Drimbane, Curry, Co Sligo, was admitted to the hospital on 17th January, the scan was carried out about 10.05am the following morning.

The inquest into her death heard a doctor did not sanction an out of hours brain scan because he was not aware the patient had displayed neurological symptoms.



She suffered cardiac arrests and was effectively brain-dead when she arrived at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin by helicopter about 1.30pm that same day.


She was pronounced dead on January 20th


Dublin City Corner Myra Cullinane found Ms Niland died as a result of a bleed to the brain.


She noted several recommendations in an internal review, carried out after Ms Niland’s death, concerning the carrying out of emergency CT scans have or are being implemented at SUH and other similar hospitals.


She made an additional recommendation for “serious” review of the practice of only having consultants involved in considering whether to carry out CT scans, saying that could cause difficulties for patients.



The family’s solicitor, Damien Tansey, said the verdict marked the end of an “enormous” family tragedy.



The inquest into Ms Niland’s death opened in March 2019 but was adjourned for further evidence.


Speaking to Ocean Fm news, Senior Counsel and Family Solicitor Damien Tansey of Damien Tansey Solicitors says Lisa’s family feel justice in a sense has been done: