In a report from the BBC today a man has reportedly died due to receiving substandard care from medical professionals at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor.
A watchdog found that the man, indentified only as “Mr D”, saw his health decline - which subsequently led to his death - after medical professionals at the Wales hospital missed opportunities that may have helped prevent it.
Speaking to the BBC, Public Services Ombudsman for Wales, Nick Bennett said Mr D had respiratory failure and should have been moved to a high dependency unit.
Mr D was admitted to hospital in December 2014 and suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He was diagnosed with pneumonia and respiratory failure, and a day later his was daughter, who works for the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, was informed that Mr D was improving and he could be discharged.
But within the next 24 hours Mr D’s condition worsened and four days after his admission, on Christmas Day, Mr D suffered a cardiac arrest and died.
His daughter complained to the health board in February 2015, and they have since issued an apology to the family, however it wasn’t until 19 months later that they responded to the complaint.
Mr Bennett found a number of serious failings including:
• Missed opportunities to take action which could have prevented Mr D’s death
• Inaccurate recording of the cause of his death
• A failure to carry out a serious incident report
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