Blind Stroke Patient Dies from Pneumonia due to Hospital Negligence

Blind Stroke Patient Dies from Pneumonia due to Hospital Negligence

The Daily Mail recently reported the tragic story of a blind stroke patient who died from pneumonia after being left outside in the pouring rain by hospital nurses.
Mr Frank Kelly who was wearing just his pajamas when nurses ‘lost him’ and he was left in a car park outside Worcestershire Royal Hospital in December 2010. The retired farmer developed pneumonia and died three months later due to the hospital’s negligence.
Mr Kelly’s family has now received a compensation payment from the NHS for the hospital’s negligence after solicitors acting on their behalf negotiated a settlement.
Perhaps more important than the money was that the family also received an apology from the hospital after it emerged that there were several further errors in Mr Kelly’s treatment during his five-month hospital stay.
After Mr Kelly’s admission into hospital in December 2010 due to a stroke his family were so disgusted with the standard of care he received they began a 24-hour rota at his bedside. Mr Kelly’s son recalled that on one occasion he found his father stood in the middle of the car park wearing nothing but his sodden pajamas on a rainy day in December 2010. It later emerged he had wandered into the car park after the nurses who were moving him to a new ward lost him.
He added: ‘My father was not fed properly they didn’t seem to realise that he was blind. We had to take in food every day. He was dehydrated all the time and the communication on the wards was just appalling. We were begging for help but he was never given a chance.
‘We didn’t do this for any financial reasons we did it to try and highlight the failings and ensure this sort of thing does not happen to anyone else.
‘We have been told it is improving but we are not convinced and we do fear what sort of care we would get if we were ever unfortunate enough to need them again.’
He added that the health system had ‘too many managers in suits’ at the expense of nurses devoted to care.
Chief executive of Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust Penny Venables commented:"I can fully understand how angry and frustrated Mr Kelly’s family must have felt about the care he received at the time and how painful it must have been for them to witness his suffering.
I have taken their concerns extremely seriously and am determined that standards across the trust will continue to be raised.
Everyone at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is committed to providing the highest quality care for all patients and striving to continuously improve the care we offer."
These types of hospital errors are unacceptable and those affected by them whether directly or indirectly deserve to have access to a team of solicitors who can potentially assist them. Michael Lewin Solicitors medical negligence team has experience in dealing with hospital errors that have resulted in catastrophic injuries. They would happy to assess the prospects of your claim and discuss making a medical negligence claim with you.
If you or a family member has suffered as a result of negligent or inadequate treatment or care received in hospital please contact the Medical Negligence department at Michael Lewin Solicitors on 0844 844 9866 for free advice and consultation on your prospective case.

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