The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has revealed that a hospital in Goodmayes was involved in a case that resulted in the death of a patient who had undergone a liver biopsy.
The patient has only been named as Mr C, and he died in 2010. His death came just two days after undergoing the biopsy at King George Hospital in Goodmayes. His death was ruled to have been caused by internal bleeding.
Initially the Ombudsman did not name the hospital that was involved in the case. Sometimes this will happen if the Ombudsman believes there is a reasonable chance the patient involved could be identified. However this was not believed to be possible in this case, which is why they have now named King George Hospital as the one involved.
There were a number of failings identified in the treatment provided to Mr C. For example he was discharged from the Accident and Emergency Department when he should have been kept in. He also had no care plan in place and the hospital was also found to have lost his records.
How common is it that care failings will occur?
The case mentioned above is devastating and could reasonably have been prevented if the series of care failings had not occurred. However it should be noted that while there is always the potential for things to go wrong in the health service, it is actually very rare that this should happen.
Thousands of people receive excellent care every day, regardless of why they have sought treatment in the first place. However it is only right that answers should be sought if things should go wrong.
Source: Guardian Series