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Posted on 16th May 2018

Discharge Error Patient Suffers Long Term Complications

A 50-year-old woman now suffers from long-term health issues after having a seizure just three days after being discharged from the hospital. The patient was admitted to the hospital to remove a blockage from an artery in her neck. Her surgeon then discharged her 24 hours later despite the woman complaining of a choking sensation and severe head pains.

 The patient was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, less than a month after it opened. The surgery was to remove a blockage from an artery which supplies oxygen to the brain. Her surgeon told her she would be fit and well quickly after the procedure. Instead, she was in intensive care.

The surgeon claimed the procedure went well and sent her home. The next day the patient’s symptoms worsened. Her husband took her to A&E, where she was taken to a room. However, she was released on the same day. Her husband claims the checks were, again, inadequate.

The next day the woman collapsed. She was suffering from heart damage and swelling on the brain. This time medics made it clear to her loved ones that she may not survive. She was in intensive care and on a life support machine. Fortunately, the patient survived but suffers long-term health issues. As a result, she had to give up her job.

After the ordeal, the surgeon admitted that she should have had more thorough post-surgical checks. The medical staff agreed that she should have had an X-ray on her chest and should have been prescribed medication for her blood pressure when she left the hospital.

From this incident, the couple has received an apology from the hospital who addressed their concerns. They are now seeking to claim for medical negligence.

What Negligence Claimline say

Whether surgery is routine or not, it can cause anxiety for any patient. However, when your concerns and pain is not addressed, it can be very worrying. When it comes to surgery, we expect a high standard of care due to the risk involved. When these standards fall short, they can leave us suffering from further conditions that can be fatal.

If you have suffered from lack of care during surgery which has caused further illness or long-term health issues, then you may be entitled to seek compensation. Tell us your story, and we will offer expert, friendly advice as well as a free 24-hour claim assessment.