'Fit to go home' dad died a fortnight after discharge from Blackburn Hospital (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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'Fit to go home' dad died a fortnight after discharge from Blackburn Hospital
A GRIEVING daughter was left stunned when a doctor said her father only had days to live, just 48 hours after he had been discharged from hospital as ‘medically fit’.
Parkinson’s sufferer John Archibald, 78, was admitted to the Royal Blackburn Hospital with an infection on September 13, which was treated with antibiotics.
He was discharged back to Hill View nursing home in Rawtenstall on September 25.
But the Scots-born retired bricklayer, who was unable to speak or communicate, was left severely weakened by the episode and his body was unable to recover.
The father-of-five died at the home about two weeks later.
Although Isobel West, 49, from Roe Lee in Blackburn, accepted her father was correctly discharged by staff on Ward C1, she claimed the severity of his condition was never explained to her.
She added: “I was never told that he was medically fit to go home and die, that was never explained to me at any point. The day after he was discharged I was called by the nursing home saying he was seriously ill, and the next day a visiting doctor asked me if I would sign a ‘do not resuscitate’ form because death was inevitable.
“This urosepsis infection just completely weakened him and his body wasn’t strong enough to recover.
“The doctor said he was treated for the infection and there was nothing more the hospital could have done.
“But when someone says he’s medically fit to go home you don’t expect them to die within a fortnight.
“I’ve got no complaints about the nursing home, they were fantastic.”
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust said in a statement: “We offer our sincere condolences to Mr Archibald’s family.
“We can confirm that we have been in contact with the family.
“The ward manager spoke directly with family members to clarify any issues and it was believed that they were all addressed and that Mr Archibald had received the appropriate care and discharge.
“If Ms West does have any further issues she is concerned about then I advise her to contact us so that we can meet with her and discuss them more fully.”
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