Monday 11 December 2017

Doctor took own life with A&E drugs

A YOUNG doctor took his own life with a cocktail of medications he took from a Dublin hospital where he had been working, an inquest has heard.

Dr Adam Osborne (29), who was originally from Belfast, visited the A&E Department of Tallaght Hospital the day before he died and took the drugs.

Dr Osborne, of Limewood Court, Bishopstown, Co Cork, had just started a new job in Cork University Hospital and was in Dublin for the weekend to see his girlfriend.

Dublin Coroner's Court heard Dr Osborne had suffered from depression and had previously made an attempt on his life.

He also had issues with codeine in the last eight months of his life. Ciara Kirke, drug safety coordinator at Tallaght Hospital, said a review of the storage of medication was completed following Dr Osborne's tragic death and a number of recommendations have been implemented.

Both his girlfriend and a college friend said Dr Osborne had been feeling unwell in the days leading up to his death.


His girlfriend, Dr Mairead Byrne, said Adam stayed in her apartment in Dublin on July 13 and July 14 last year. He said he felt terrible, and was worried about a lot of things, including his job and their future.

Dr Jamie Smith said he had complained of a migraine, which was his code for feeling very down, and told him he just wanted to sleep.

The coroner's court heard Dr Osborne checked himself into the Tara Towers hotel, Merrion Road, Dublin 4, on Sunday, July 15, for one night.

When he failed to check out, a member of staff went to check, but he was not moving and the emergency services were called.

Garda Susan Tobin said that Dr Osborne was lying across the double bed. There was a syringe in his right arm, and empty vials around the room. The coroner's court said a number of vials, both opened and unopened, of potassium and sodium chloride were found. Valium and diazepam tablets, as well as lidocaine, oxynorm and tylex, which contains paracetamol and codeine, were found.

State Pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy, said the cause of death was hyperkalemia, caused by the elevated levels of potassium in his system.

Dublin coroner Dr Brian Farrell recorded a verdict of death by suicide and extended his sympathy to Dr Osborne's family and friends.


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