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Ombudsman Finds Hospital at Fault for Wrongful Death

Posted on: February 21st, 2015 by Medical Negligence

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust have been found at fault by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman for medical negligence leading to a wrongful death .

When a sixty-two year-old woman died at the Imperial College Hospital, West London, after previous really discharges, an investigation was launched into conduct at the hospital by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. 

The investigation determined that mistakes had been made whilst the woman was in the hospital’s care, as a full range of tests was not conducted to help her diagnosis when she first visited the facility. The Ombudsman said that “avoidable” errors had been made, resulting in her early discharge despite inconclusive test results. 

The patient did return to the hospital multiple times, presenting with bloody urine and abominable pain. She was eventually admitted, though died before a schedules exploratory operation could be carried out. 

The Ombudsman, Jullie Mellor, was critical of the hospital. In her report, she noted that no attempt was made to treat the woman with antibiotics or to control blood clotting before the operation was carried out. She also commented negatively upon to the hospital’s procedures for handling complains. 

Ombudsman Mellor elaborated in a comment on the case; “Our investigation found that because of a series of errors at a hospital a woman lost her life. Her husband told us that he has lost his best friend just before he and his wife were due to start a new life together. We hope our investigation and the action taken by the trust will reassure him that lessons have been learnt as a result of his complaint so that others are less likely to suffer the same experience.”