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Posted on 28th February 2017

Women dies because there was no bed for her

A coroner has heard that a woman died from a stroke due to a shortage of intensive care bed at three different hospitals.

Teresa Dennett, 58, was admitted to Kings Mill Hospital, near Mansfield, after suffering a rare type of stroke.

Her condition worsened in the evening and a consultant said she should be sent to Nottingham University Hospital Trust for urgent surgery.

Doctors were told that she was unable to be admitted to Nottingham because all their intensive care beds were full. They then tried Sheffield Teaching Hospital, but they too refused to accept Ms Dennett due to bed shortages.

It later emerged that Sheffield had eight intensive care beds at the time doctors needed one for Ms Dennett.

Nottingham finally agreed to take her in the early hours of the following morning, however her condition had deteriorated and she died shortly after.

This case follows that of Mary Muldowney, 57, who died of a brain haemorrhage after being refused by three hospitals, last year. The coroner on her case ruled that the proper treatment would have saved her.

Medical director of NHS England, Sir Bruce Keogh, has warned hospitals not to refuse patients in need of urgent neurosurgery, even if they have no intensive care beds available.

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