Police probe hospital death

POLICE are investigating how a 40-year-old man who was rushed by ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital died after being found unconscious outside the emergency department while waiting for treatment.

Glenn Peter Rubbo, 40, of Lismore, was immediately taken to intensive care after he was found lying unconscious in the hospital’s car park in the early hours of Wednesday, March 2.

However, after briefly gaining consciousness and talking to family later that day, he fell into a coma. He was declared brain dead the following day, with life support turned off two days later.

His family said yesterday they had been told Mr Rubbo suffered a stroke.

“I don’t want to see any other parent or family go through this,” Mr Rubbo’s father Ernie told Sydney media from Wollongong yesterday.

“The specialist said if Glenn had been seen in the first two hours, he might be with us today.”

Northern NSW Local Health Network declined to comment yesterday as the case is the subject of a coronial investigation by the police.

“A coroner’s investigation is ongoing and the circumstances around his level of treatment at the hospital will be included (in the investigation),” Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Greg Moore said.

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