Editorial – 27 Mar 2019

This week’s editorial is a sad one, but the story warrants attention;

Reg Thompson, 94, was admitted to Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) after a fall at home on 21.12.2018.

He passed away at Kettering General Hospital on 02.03.2019.

Between these dates, Mr Thompson was moved a staggering 13 times between 5 hospitals on 11 different wards, on a couple of occasions for less than hour.

As well as Leicester Royal Infirmary and Kettering General Hospital, he spent time at Melton Mowbray

Hospital, Leicester General Hospital and St Luke’s Hospital in Market Harborough.

Mr Thompson served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War.  He never married or had children, but was close with his late sister’s family.  They have made a complaint to University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust about his care.

During the final months of Mr Thompson’s life there was no constant, no familiar face or continuity of care.

To subject any patient to such treatment is disgraceful, but to put an older person through it is just shameful.

This gentleman lived through the Second World War, but sadly, the NHS proved too much for him.  What a tragic end to his legacy.

The Trust is now investigating, but such a colossal failure points to some fundamental problems in the way care is provided.

A drastic overhaul will be required to ensure nothing of this nature happens to another patient again.

Our sympathy to Mr Thompson’s family at this difficult time.

Lin Mason

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