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Posted on 25th April 2018

Patient Dies After Mental Health Care Failings

A 45-year-old woman has died as a result of the lack of care received at a mental health care unit. The mother was cared for at Carlton Court, a mental health care unit run by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. It was here that she suffered from deep vein thrombosis and malnutrition.

As her physical health declined, she was transferred from Carlton Court to James Paget University Hospital where she died. Her death was as a result of a blood clot, while she was also noted to have been profoundly dehydrated.

During the legal action, the patient’s family argued that she should have been transferred to the hospital much sooner to get the treatment she desperately required. As well as the need for earlier intervention, the family also showed that the NHS trust had failed to carry out the necessary risk assessments needed to prevent malnutrition and deep vein thrombosis.

The patient’s husband said that he doubted that the trust was doing enough to implement changes and stop situations like this from happening again. Since the woman’s death, the trust has been put in special measures twice. Furthermore, the Care Quality Commission claimed the trust was providing an ‘inadequate’ standard of care a year after the patient’s passing.

Four years since the death of the patient, the family have received an out of court settlement. This will pay for the care the patient’s husband needs because of his degenerative spinal condition. The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust also admitted their failings in care and had reviewed their policies and procedures.

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