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Hospital admits “poor care”

Posted in: Medical Negligence Wrongful & Accidental Death 

A health trust has apologised to the family of a woman that died in hospital as a result of “poor care”. Relatives of the woman, however, have dismissed this apology and the case has been referred to the General Medical Council.

Margaret Lamberty died in April at the City General hospital in Stoke-on-Trent.  She had been diagnosed with a rare condition called mesenteric ischaemia which affects the small intestine. Mrs Lamberty’s daughter, Laura, said that her family found the medical report to have missed out some key details which accounted for individual care failings. The trust later admitted that 45-year-old Mrs Lamberty’s care had fallen “below the standards that are acceptable”, yet the family dismissed the trust’s apology.

“notoriously difficult to diagnose”

An independent review of Mrs Lamberty’s death highlighted that her condition was “notoriously difficult to diagnose” but did say that there was no effective management plan in place to best treat her illness. The review also recognised shortcomings in the way that the hospital kept medial records surrounding the case.

Mark Hackett, the trust chief executive, said: “While Mrs Lamberty’s condition was notoriously difficult to diagnose there is no excuse for poor record keeping and even less for poor care.

Laura said she felt let down by the hospital as the records missed out specific details that could have saved her mother. “All the symptoms were there”, she said. The case has been referred onto the General Medical Council, said the trust.  

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