Galway hospital accepts failings in care of mother, 49, who died of breast cancer.

A letter from Galway University Hospital was read to the court which said it is ‘accepted that there were failings in the care provided’ to Lynn Rocke. Galway hospital accepts failings in care of mother, 49, who died of breast cancer

Galway University Hospital has apologised and has accepted there were failings in the care of a 49-year-old woman who died of breast cancer.

A letter from the hospital was read out in the High Court as the family of mother of three Lynn Rocke, who died on March 16, 2020, of metastatic breast cancer, settled an action over her death.

Her family outside court said she was a devoted wife and mother and they said their pain at her loss was indescribable.

“There is always somebody missing. A life that is gone forever, laughter that will never be heard again, a devoted mother and wife that will be forever missed,” her brother Michael Hogan said on behalf of Lynn’s grieving husband Kieran Rocke and their three children. Lynn, he said, will always be in their hearts and thoughts.

The terms of the settlement of the action against the HSE are confidential but the High Court heard that liability and causation were still at issue in the case.

The family’s counsel, Eugene Gleeson SC, told the court it was their case that there were alleged failings on a number of occasions to interpret tests going back to a mammogram Mrs Rocke had in 2010. Mrs Rocke had a history of breast cancer in her family and her mother had in her 40s died of the disease.

A letter from Galway University Hospital was read to the court which said it is “accepted that there were failings in the care provided” to Lynn Rocke by the hospital.

It added: “This is deeply regretted and we wish to extend our sincere apologies to you and your family and also to offer sincere condolences on the passing of Lynn.”

Lynn’s husband, Kieran Rocke of Mountbellew, Ballinasloe, Co Galway, had sued the HSE.

It was claimed there was an alleged failure to elicit an adequate family history of breast cancer and an alleged failure to recognise the likely genetic predisposition of Mrs Rocke to having a familial form of breast malignancy.

It was further claimed there was an alleged failure to monitor her clinical condition with an alleged failure to follow up during 2015 and an alleged failure to adequately or at all to assess her symptoms in light of her medical history and that of her family. All the claims were denied.

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