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Family member let go from hospital without discharge letter - Passed away the next day!


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Ambulance called to home, family member taken to hospital, the room the patient was in was hot, central heating and warm blanket and the windows closed. Temp taken and paramedics said family member would be taken to a covid observation room and temperature would be taken again and if it was high, patient would be taken to a covid ward. If the temperatue was o.k the patient would be moved away from the covid assessmemt ward.


Temperature was taken and was o.k, no concern and no need to take to covid ward. Chest xrays taken, blood pressure and heat rate taken continuously durng the 3-4hrs and put on nebuliser. Patient condition improved  But patient was not taken out of the covid assement room and was given steroids and antibiotics and told to go home for a chest infection.


Patient had good sleep at home, next day patient had breakfast and patient looked vastly improved and looked like back to normal, no issues. But later in the evening something happened and patient coughed and condition deteriated. Ambulance called, as they were coming was advised to put patient on the floor and do CPR. Parademics arrived gave adrenolin and shocks but family member passed away.


Still in shock....need some answers

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Hi Linzie,


So sorry to hear of your loss.


You perhaps need to wait and see what information comes to light, from the GP, the Coroner or any other source about the probable cause of death.


At a time when you want information fast, it is only likely to come frustratingly slowly.


I hope others will come by with useful input for you.

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No discharge letter was ever provided by the hospital, should a discharge letter have been provided to the patient when they left the hospital with medication to take home?


The day the patient passed away contact was made to the patients GP who agreed he would come to the funeral home the next day in the morning  (day of funeral) to verify the cause of death and give a verification letter.


The day of the burial - the GP made an excuse to say he was working from home, could not attend to verify the death. This was later changed to he had not seen the patient in the last 12 weeks so it had to go to the coronors but the patient had seen a medical professional when the patient had gone to the hospital.


The GP surgery refused to verify the death on these reasons, they passed it on to i think the coroners which would have meant a delay in the burial with the weekend coming up, contact was made with a MP who contacted the surgery /coroner and eventually with only a few hours left before the burial the GP/coronoers gave a letter of verification



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The hospital may send an copy of the discharge directly to the registered GP, mine does.  But, yes, the patient should have been given a discharge letter.

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