Pa­tient wants an­swers af­ter lung clot drama

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

An Ash­ford man wants to take court ac­tion against the NHS who claims staff at the Wil­liam Harvey Hos­pi­tal mis­di­ag­nosed a lung clot with a chest in­fec­tion.

Re­tained fire­man Danny Ayles, 34, called the NHS 111 line af­ter suf­fer­ing with a tight chest, pains and short­ness of breath ear­lier this month.

An am­bu­lance was sent to him at his home in Lin­den Road, and he was taken to the Ash­ford hos­pi­tal.

Af­ter spend­ing three hours in A&E, he was sent home with an­tibi­otics for what they be­lieved was a chest in­fec­tion.

Still in pain the next day, he called work to let them know he wouldn’t be in.

Mr Ayles said: “I had a rest­less night’s sleep and I was still strug­gling to breathe so called work, but they could hear how bad I was so called an am­bu­lance for me.

“A para­medic came to my house, checked me over and give me more painkillers, which didn’t help me so that night I was back up the Harvey for a few more hours only to be told there was noth­ing they could do.”

As Mr Ayles lives alone in Ash­ford, he made the de­ci­sion to travel to Hast­ings to stay with a friend. When he wasn’t feel­ing bet­ter, she took him to a walkin doc­tors, who said he needed to re­turn to A&E straight away.

He was ad­mit­ted to the Con­quest Hos­pi­tal, in St Leonard­son-sea, East Sus­sex, where test re­sults re­vealed Mr Ayles had a blood clot in his lung and pneu­mo­nia.

My Ayles said: “I think it is dis­gust­ing and a dis­grace how the Harvey have doc­tors that missed that.

“I’m go­ing to take this much fur­ther. “I think it’s a joke. “I’m think­ing of tak­ing court ac­tion to sue them as this is a se­ri­ous mat­ter and I want to know why I wasn’t treated bet­ter. How can they have med­i­cal doc­tors that can’t even do the tests right?

“I’m so up­set about this as that’s my lo­cal hos­pi­tal and I had to go some­where else to be looked af­ter.

“I want an­swers. This could have been dealt with at the Harvey but it hasn’t.

“I called the com­plaints depart­ment but all I got was an an­swer phone record­ing so left a mes­sage to call me ASAP.” The Wil­liam Harvey Hos­pi­tal is looked af­ter by the East Kent Hos­pi­tals Univer­sity NHS Foun­da­tion Trust.

A spokesman said: “We are sorry to hear of Mr Ayles’ ex­pe­ri­ence at Ash­ford’s Wil­liam Harvey Hos­pi­tal. We take all com­plaints very se­ri­ously and are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing this one fully.

“It should be noted that di­ag­no­sis of con­di­tions like this can be com­pli­cated. An­tibi­otics were given as the orig­i­nal symp­toms sug­gested a chest in­fec­tion. When Mr Ayles went to the hos­pi­tal in Hast­ings he would have been able to have told doc­tors he had al­ready been on a course of an­tibi­otics so they could im­me­di­ately rule out an in­fec­tion.”

Mr Ayles, who has made a for­mal com­plaint against the trust, has been writ­ten off work for two weeks and is on an­tibi­otics, painkillers and a blood thin­ner.

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Danny Ayles in hos­pi­tal with a lung clot

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