Great-grandmother, 100, died of dehydration in hospital ‘because her water jug broke’ and staff took 10 days to put her on a drip

Emma Innes of The Daily Mail 5th June 2013 reports:

  • Lydia  Spilner was admitted to Leicester Royal Infirmary in January  2012
  • She had a  treatable chest infection but her condition rapidly  deteriorated
  • Her  daughter, Nora, says she was left without access to any water
  • Was so  dehydrated her skin cracked but took 10 days to be put on a  drip
  • She died of  kidney failure caused by the dehydration four weeks later

 

In the Leicester Mercury (Cathy Buss) it was reported as:

“100-year-old died because of a ‘catastrophic error'”

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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