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Apology for patient death

11th October 2006

The family of an elderly woman who died in her own excrement while in hospital has received an official apology from NHS bosses.

Wheelchair-bound Eileen Scott, 85, died at Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool. Her family have said the hospital was so understaffed, that nurses were unable to help Mrs Scott to the toilet, even though she was suffering from severe diarrhoea.

The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust extended their sympathy to the family and apologised unreservedly if the family felt she had not experienced the highest levels of care. Bosses are now looking into the complaint and have pledged to make any improvements that are required.

Mrs Scott died in September from septicaemia and chronic diarrhoea after she contracted the killer bugs MRSA and Clostridium difficile. She was being treated for high potassium levels caused by drugs she was taking for breast cancer.

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