Friday 22 April 2011

Mother dies of brain haemorrhage after hospital sent her home with painkillers

Hospital chiefs have been forced to apologise after a mother with a brain haemorrhage died when she was sent home with painkillers.

York Hospitals NHS Trust has paid 'significant' compensation to the family of Dawn Liddell, 42, who collapsed and died four days after the consultation. Dawn would have had an 80-85 per cent chance of survival if she had been sent for a CT scan and then gone into a neurological unit for treatment.

Instead, she was sent home and told to contact her GP if her symptoms continued. Days later, she collapsed and died from a second haemorrhage after going back into hospital. Her mother Beryl says the treatment today is worse than in the 60s, when she had a haomorrhage and was rushed to hospital immediately where it was diagnosed.
Source: Daily Mail

Wednesday 13 April 2011

Boy, 6, dies of meningitis after doctors tell him to 'go home and sleep off sore throat'

A six-year-old boy died from meningitis just hours after he was sent home with antibiotics by hospital staff.

Mohammed Akheel Khan was rushed to Rochdale Infirmary Urgent Care Centre by his mother Safina, after he started vomiting at school. He was discharged by a doctor, who Mohammed's family say told them the little boy had tonsillitis and that they should let him 'sleep it off'.

But less than five hours later Mohammed was taken back to the hospital after his condition deteriorated. He was diagnosed with meningitis and died two hours later...
Source: Daily Mail.

Tuesday 12 April 2011

Who Is The 'Customer'? Not You, That's For Sure...

A nurse is under investigation after she allegedly gave a child the MMR jab without his mother’s consent.

Practice nurse Rashiela Parekh failed to ask permission before injecting the three-year-old and did not inform his parents that he had been given the jab until it was too late, his mother claims.

Robina Siddique has accused the nurse of giving her son the injection simply to meet Government targets.
Would anyone be surprised if this turned out to be the reason, rather than simple arrogance or incompetence?

Thursday 7 April 2011

Hospital bosses apologise after woman patient was left on trolley for SEVENTEEN HOURS

Hospital chiefs have been forced to apologise after a patient was left on a trolley for 17 hours.

Mother-of-two Kathy Ollis-Brown, 47, was rushed to East Surrey Hospital in Redhill on Sunday after suffering an epileptic fit. She was still waiting on the trolley at 3.30pm on the following day before she was finally moved into a ward...
Source: Daily Mail

Wednesday 6 April 2011

Woman is left brain damaged after waiting two hours for an ambulance... that was sitting only 100 YARDS away

A woman suffered serious brain injuries and a heart attack after she was forced to wait two hours for an ambulance - which was sitting 100 yards away.

Caren Paterson, 33, collapsed in her flat in Islington, North London, before her boyfriend made three frantic 999 calls pleading for an ambulance to arrive.
Her brain was starved of oxygen.

Ms Paterson's family have now started legal proceedings against the London Ambulance Service after it emerged that staff were told not to enter the flat.

Paramedics were required to have a police escort, which was not available at the time, because officers had previously attended the address and deemed it 'high risk'.

But the Paterson's legal team believe the grading might have related to a different flat or was placed on the property several years before Ms Paterson, a medical researcher at King's College Hospital, moved in...
Source: Daily Mail

Sunday 3 April 2011

Former NHS director dies after operation is cancelled four times at her own hospital

A former NHS director died after waiting for nine months for an operation - at her own hospital.

Margaret Hutchon, a former mayor, had been waiting since last June for a follow-up stomach operation at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex.

But her appointments to go under the knife were cancelled four times and she barely regained consciousness after finally having surgery.

Her devastated husband, Jim, is now demanding answers from Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust - the organisation where his wife had served as a non-executive member of the board of directors.

He said: 'I don't really know why she died. I did not get a reason from the hospital. We all want to know for closure. She got weaker and weaker as she waited and operations were put off.'

Mr Hutchon, of Great Baddow, Essex, said his wife, 72, had initially undergone major stomach surgery last June but the follow up procedures were repeatedly abandoned.

The former mayor remained at the hospital for months but her family feared she was becoming institutionalised and decided to bring her home until an operation was a certainty.

Source: Daily Mail