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Dementia patient released in early hours

30th January 2013

A Buckinghamshire hospital has issued an apology after it allowed an 85-year-old dementia patient to be sent home at 2am wearing only a hospital gown.

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Phyllis Collins had been taken to Stoke Mandeville Hospital after she had suffered breathing difficulties, and had been treated and then discharged by staff. 

She was put in a taxi very early on the morning of 12 January wearing just her hospital gown and was sent to her home in Aylesbury without her family being informed.

Her daughter Julie Smith said she was appalled by her mother's treatment and someone needed to take responsibility for the mistake.

"I just think it's appalling really that they can discharge an 85-year-old lady with dementia into a taxi... anything could have happened to her."

"There must have been somebody around that had seen this old lady just wandering about in a gown and walk out of the main entrance. Somebody's got to be held responsible."

Chief nurse and director of patient standards, Lynne Swiatczak said it was not "good care" or the type of treatment they expected their patients to receive.

She added: "Patients are discharged to home in the middle of the night because it's appropriate. They have carers at home, it's the best circumstances and where they need to be. On this occasion it wasn't the best solution for this lady and we failed her."

 

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Anonymous

Thursday 31st January 2013 @ 16:42

No doubt appalling. But now that the Hospital has apoligised, this horrible matter should be laid to rest!


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