‘Healthboard shouldmake sure reviews system valid’
Noeline and Isa make quirky top 10
NHS Tayside has been told by a watchdog to monitor its incoming patient reviews after a man who was missed on ward rounds later died.
The health board was issued with a formal recommendation by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) after a complaint was raised by a sister of the man, known only as Mr A.
Mr A had been diagnosed with liver disease and admitted to the acute medical unit at Ninewells Hospital, during which time he was given medication for alcohol withdrawal.
He was diagnosed with acute kidney injury and treated with dialysis, but his condition worsened and he was transferred to intensive care, where he died.
Mr A’s sister, named in the SPSO’s report on the complaint as Ms C, claimed that Mr A had been missed during the doctor’s ward round the morning after his admission and that he was not referred to kidney specialists sooner as a result.
The SPSO’s report said: “Ms C felt the hospital was under-staffed over the weekend, and she felt this meant that Mr A’s condition was not taken seriously until it was too late.”
NHS Tayside conducted its own investigation and accepted that Mr A had been missed on the ward rounds, that some documentation had not been fully completed, and that his family should have been told sooner of the seriousness of his condition.
NHS Tayside also apologised to Mr A’s family and agreed a new process for ward rounds to ensure patients were not missed.
Ms C also had a meeting with health bosses, but found it “unhelpful” and got in touch with the SPSO.
The watchdog said it would uphold some parts of Ms C’s complaint.
It said: “While we found there were some omissions in nursing documentation, we found that the overall standard of nursing was reasonable.
“We recommend that the board demonstrate to us what steps they have taken to reassure themselves that the new system for ensuring consultant reviews of incoming patients on the acute medical unit is effective.”
An NHS Tayside spokeswoman said: “We have been in contact with the patient’s family and apologised. Our thoughts remain with the family.
“We have taken action to address the recommendation, and as an organisation, we take every opportunity to improve and we will ensure we share learning from this across Tayside.” TWO Cupar residents have been named in the list of the British Heart Foundation’s top 10 quirkiest fundraisers of the year.
The BHF’s list charts the wild and wonderful things people have done to raise money for life-saving research.
Noeline Raitt, 78, and Isa Carnochan, 62, took part in a “jail break” from Perth Prison.
Noeline said: “It was a real laugh from start to finish.
“It was hard at times, but we thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”
The friends, from Eden Court retirement flats in Station Road, had to get as far away from Perth Prison as possible within a set amount of time and without spending any money. n Picture shows Noeline and Isa ahead of their great escape adventure.