Irwin Mitchell have concluded that an 88 year old man, who suffered from health problems and dementia, received inadequate care that caused him to suffer.
David Rudkin Jones, a former Royal Air Force hero during the Second World War, had type two diabetes and suffered from dementia, this meant he required close attention. He was living at a Care Home in Ripon and, over a period of one year, David was admitted to Harrogate District Hospital a total of seven times to treat infections, pressure sores, sepsis and hypoglycaemic and hyperglycaemic attacks. During his stay at the care home he also endured two operations at York Hospital to amputate his toes and remove dead tissue from his heels caused by poor medical attention.
David’s son, John, approached Irwin Mitchell Solicitors because he was concerned by the care his father was receiving. With the help of James Thompson, Solicitor specialising in Medical Law and Patient’s Rights in Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office, an investigation was carried out into the standard of care provided to David. The investigation found that nursing records were inadequate, inspections and assessments had been missed, there were delays in referring David for medical assessments despite his dangerously fluctuating blood glucose readings, and his pressure sore prevention and management was poor.
A five-figure settlement was agreed between the Care Home in Ripon and Harrogate District Hospital in compensation for the unacceptable level of care that had been provided to David.
John from Harrogate, said: “We wanted to highlight my father’s case because his treatment was simply inexcusable. We had become concerned that he had to be admitted to hospital several times and the Irwin Mitchell investigation confirmed our fears that he was not being looked after correctly. I just hope that care homes and hospitals make sure they give patients their utmost attention, especially those with dementia as I would hate for anyone to suffer the pain my father did.”
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