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Widower's fury at wife's health care at Heartlands

A SMITH’S Wood man is still demanding answers from health bosses about the care his late wife received at Heartlands Hospital.

A SMITH’S Wood man is still demanding answers from health bosses about the care his late wife received at Heartlands Hospital.

Seventy-three-year-old Brian Odell is angry at the care that his wife Janet received in August 2008. He claims that his wife suffered two falls on the wards - cutting her head in one instance.

He also raised questions about the medication that Janet was given and the period of time before the elderly care team were involved.

Janet had initially been admitted with a heavy nose bleed, but her family were dismayed when her health suddenly deteriorated. She died three weeks later.

Although the mum-of-four was being treated for lung cancer, Brian said there was no sign that the disease had spread and still doesn’t know why she went downhill so rapidly.

“She wasn’t a well woman, but it was the speed that she deteriorated. I wish we had brought her home, I honestly think she would have stood a better chance.”

“I would hate to see any other vulnerable person in the same position.

Having made a formal complaint to Heartlands after his wife’s death, the hospital launched an investigation into the care and wrote back last year. But Brian remains dissatisfied with some of their answers. He contacted the Solihull News after reading about the experiences of Jeffrey Carthew at Good Hope Hospital, which is also part of Heart of England NHS Trust.

He is now hoping that the matter will be referred to the Health Ombudsman.

“I don’t want any money out of it,” said Brian. “All I’m concerned about is that the hospitals get their act together.”

Lisa Dunn, hospital director, said: “We are sorry to learn of Mr Odell’s concerns. Unfortunately, due to patient confidentiality, we cannot comment on any individual patient’s treatment.

“As soon as the investigation is completed, within the 25 day response period, we will share it in full with Mr Odell.

“I would like to apologise to Mr Odell and his family for any distress this has caused.”

 

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