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Stroke patient ‘left to lie in own urine’

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

An inquiry is due to be held at a hospital after allegations were made that a stroke patient was left to lie in her own urine on Christmas Day. According to the patient’s son, David Keirl, his 84-year-old mother was left in her own urine in a “freezing cold room” for more than ten hours at Musgrove Park Hospital in Somerset.

Peter Lewis, the hospital’s deputy chief executive, said that the allegations were “extremely serious” and that they had to be thoroughly investigated. Mr Keirl said that his mother was left in a room, in which the radiator did not work, with only one blanket. She was admitted to Musgrove Park Hospital on Christmas Eve following a stroke, but received almost no care on Christmas Day.

Mr Keirl said that his mother, Elsie, was moved to a side room on Christmas Day, with an air vent blowing cold air into the room. He said: “Her lips were blue, her ears were white, she was obviously in great distress and traumatized.

“It may prevent it happening to some other poor old person”

Mr Keirl made a formal complaint about the situation, after which the hospital’s chief executive, Jo Cubbon, phoned him on Boxing Day evening. She assured him that there would be a thorough investigation into the care failings.

Mr Keirl said: “I’m just hoping as a result of this interview, it may prevent it happening to some other poor old person who has nobody to fight their corner.

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