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Hospital at fault over man's care

Aplyn Wynn-Jones
Mr Wynn-Jones died of organ failure on 17 May 2008

A hospital in Somerset has been criticised for the clinical care it gave to a man who died after he walked home following a blood transfusion.

Aplyn Wynn-Jones, 80, was discharged from Musgrove Park hospital in Taunton on 16 May 2008 after being treated for anaemia - he died the next day.

A report by the Healthcare Commission said Mr Wynn-Jones was "not adequately prepared for this procedure".

The hospital has asked a senior blood consultant to look at the case.

Mr Wynn-Jones' son-in-law, Patrick Storer, said his father-in-law was a fit man.

Left 'outraged'

He said that neither he, nor Mr Wynn-Jones, were told he was to have a blood transfusion, and were left believing he was due to have injections.

Mr Wynn-Jones, who was partially sighted and profoundly deaf, walked home - a distance of about one and a half miles - after being given three pints of blood.

He died of organ failure on 17 May 2008.

He was very cold, he'd wrapped himself in a blanket and was clearly dying in an armchair
Patrick Storer - Son-in-law

Patrick Storer said: "He didn't sound well and he told us that he'd had to walk home. I was quite outraged by that.

"He said that he was going to put himself to bed and that he'd see us tomorrow.

"We went down in the morning and that's when we found him - he was very cold, he'd wrapped himself in a blanket and was clearly dying in an armchair."

Mr Wynn-Jones' family complained to the Healthcare Commission who said in a report it would have been "prudent to have allowed an overnight stay, or at the very least for him to have been collected and taken home with some help and support".

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust confirmed it had received the report.

The trust said in a statement it was "urgently" addressing two recommendations in the report and a senior consultant haematologist is investigating Mr Wynn-Jones's case.

"This work is being overseen by the trust's medical director," it said.

"The trust is also reviewing the paperwork supplied to the Healthcare Commission."

The trust say that once its investigation is complete it will meet with Mr Wynn-Jones' family to tell them about the action plan it has developed as a result.


Hospital criticised over death

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