HRI ‘left patient for 12 hours’


Published: Friday 17th April 2015 by The News Editor

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A terminally ill man was left without food and water for 12 hours at Hull Royal Infirmary, according to his son.

Paul Baker’s father, who has two brain tumours, was taken to the hospital’s A&E unit last Thursday following a fall at his home in Brough.

Mr Baker says they arrived at A&E around 12.30am. His father was then placed in a cubicle on a bed and he stayed with him until about 4am.

“I came back at 9am and he was still in the same bed, nobody had come to see him. He was lying in his own excrement,” he says.

His father was eventually moved to Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham after he repeatedly requested help, Mr Baker says.

Sarah Bates, assistant chief nurse for patient experience at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, acknowledges that on some occasions the hospital “falls short of patients’ expectations”.

She says: “Whilst this is never our intention, we would always encourage people to share any concerns with us in order that we can learn from any shortcomings and share feedback with the relevant departments.”

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Published: Friday 17th April 2015 by The News Editor

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