‘The NHS failed my mum’ says distraught daughter

Pictured are, from left - Mike Charity, Robert Holland, Eileen Booth, and David and Maureen Walker.

Pictured are, from left - Mike Charity, Robert Holland, Eileen Booth, and David and Maureen Walker.

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DEVASTATED siblings still reeling from the death of their mother several months ago continue to push for answers on how she contracted a deadly superbug.

Fiona Weatherstone and her four brothers were shocked when their 73-year-old mother, Sylvia Weatherstone, died at Lincoln County Hospital after being admitted for a simple pain-killing injection.

The family is not satisfied with the outcome from an investigation carried out by the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT). Although it unearthed a catalogue of failures on its part, for which it has apologised, bosses maintain that the medical care Mrs Weatherstone received did not contribute to her inability to recover.

Fiona, 40, of Barrowby Gate, Grantham, said: “We didn’t expect Mum to go into hospital for a minor procedure and not come out. We’re totally heartbroken and we want answers.”

It was in January that Mrs Weatherstone, formerly of Bristol Close, was admitted for a nerve root injection to numb pain in her back, caused by severe pressure on a nerve root.

The following day, Mrs Weatherstone’s health began to deteriorate and tests were undertaken to find the source of an infection.

Several days later, C Diff was diagnosed and Mrs Weatherstone later passed away after a month in hospital.

Fiona was shocked at the number of errors uncovered during the investigation, which included giving a drug known to make her mother ill, a three-day delay in providing a specialist air mattress to relieve her discomfort, and poorly completed diet and medical charts.

She said: “The NHS failed Mum.

“Prevention and control of infection was a joke. Ward staff rarely wore gloves and aprons. After mum was moved to an isolation room to minimise the transfer of infection, we were told how imperative it was to always gown up when entering Mum’s room.

“We noted that ward staff, consultants and tea ladies did not adhere to this.”

A ULHT spokesman said the treatment provided was “appropriate and within her best interests at all times”.

The spokesman added: “We do not believe that the nursing or medical care contributed to Mrs Weatherstone’s weak condition or affect her ability to recover from her operation.

“Our investigation has shown a number of areas in which we could have improved and we would like to offer our full apologies for this.”

The Weatherstones are continuing to meet with hospital bosses in their fight for further answers.

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