‘Health­board should­make sure re­views sys­tem valid’

Noe­line and Isa make quirky top 10

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - YOURVOICE - BY JON BRADY

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.

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