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Review into patient death at QEU Hospital in Glasgow

Posted in: Medical Negligence Wrongful & Accidental Death 

A thorough investigation is currently underway after an elderly man died on a trolley in one of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital’s corridors while awaiting treatment. It was heard that the patient suffered a cardiac arrest during his six-hour wait in the £842m hospital’s Immediate Assessment Unit corridor. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) said that a review of the patient’s treatment is currently being carried out.

It was heard that the patient, who remains unnamed, arrived at the unit when it was extremely busy and “under pressure”. Patients that arrive at the hospital through a doctor’s referral are seen in the Immediate Assessment Unit, whereas patients without a referral are seen at Accident and Emergency (A&E).

“outcome of the review will be used to learn lessons”

A statement from the hospital said that the man “sadly passed away in the early hours of Tuesday morning” after receiving “an initial assessment by a member of nursing staff on arrival at the IAU”. The health board said that the unit had been “fully staffed” at the time of the patient’s admission, but was also “under extra pressure” due to a sudden influx of patients. Health Secretary Shona Robison said:

“The outcome of the review will be used to learn lessons and to make any appropriate changes that are recommended. We have been assured by the health board that they will take any immediate actions required.”

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