Payout over care problems in Leeds hospital

Doris Paver
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HOSPITAL bosses have agreed a four-figure settlement with the daughter of a Leeds hospitals patient over issues with her care.

Valerie King instructed solicitors over the treatment of her mother Doris Paver by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Mrs Paver was admitted to St James’s Hospital in March 2011 and died two months later, aged 79.

Her daughter said she developed several pressure ulcers while she was in hospital, had an unnecessary surgical procedure, her pain was not controlled and she was stripped of her dignity.

Mrs King, from New Farnley, Leeds, said: “It was stressful enough dealing with the emotional strain of a sick mother, without the added worry about her physical wellbeing, a lack of adequate pain management and a loss of dignity for the duration of her stay.

“It was clear to me from the outset that mum was not getting the proactive support she desperately needed from the nursing and medical teams.”

Mrs Paver, who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, was admitted to hospital after collapsing at the nursing home in Hunslet where she lived.

When she was admitted, she had a minor pressure ulcer but this developed into a severe bed sore, while she also developed another six ulcers.

Her daughter also said there was a delay in providing a specialist mattress, and then no records were kept on how often she was turned over to prevent further ulcers.

There were also concerns that Mrs Paver was left semi-naked on the ward, and that on several occasions her family found the great-grandmother undressed in a soiled bed, as well as whether the fitting of a feeding tube into her stomach was appropriate.

Leeds law firm Simpson Millar handled the compensation claim and medical negligence solicitor James Thompson added: “This is a very sad case and the family hope that as a result of bringing these issues to the fore, the trust will offer training and reassurance.”

Suzanne Hinchliffe, chief nurse for the Leeds Teaching Hospitals, said: “We recognise that, regrettably, certain aspects of Mrs Paver’s care did not meet the high standards that we aim to achieve and were below the standard that she and her family were entitled to expect. We are sincerely sorry that this happened and will learn from this.”

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