Frail grandmother collapses after being sent home from hospital in a taxi at 6am wearing only her nightgown
12:33 GMT, 27 April 2012
A pensioner collapsed at home after she was sent back from A&E in a taxi at 6am wearing just a night dress.
Beulah Parr, 83, who suffers with a blood disorder and sight problems,
was rushed to hospital after she fell out of her bed at around 11.45pm on April 17.
However, after being seen at the A&E at Dewsbury District Hospital, her family say doctors sent Mrs Parr home alone early the next morning without contacting them.
Beulah Parr was found on the floor by her husband Dennis after she was sent home in her nightie by Dewsbury District Hospital
She made it back to the sheltered housing flat in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, where she lives with husband Dennis, 87, but collapsed.
Her husband – who Mrs Parr cares for – found her on the floor, but was unable to pick her up or call their family.
Explaining that Mrs Parr had family contact details with her, son-in-law
Richard Smart said: 'We’ve asked her if she asked them to contact us. She said she certainly did. That’s why she had the address book with her.
'I think this is total neglect and they just wanted to discharge her and get
her out of the way.'
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust said they were looking into the family's concerns
He said that the treatment she received could have made her condition worse, as she was back at her local Pinderfields Hospital for treatment for a chest infection.
'She has been in Pinderfields for nearly a week now,' Richard added.
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust said clinical assessments of A&E patients were made to make sure they were fit to be sent home.
Staff were required to check if the patient needed relatives contacting and if they have suitable transport in order to get home safely, the trust said.
But Mr Smart denied any of this happened. He said: 'She was put in a taxi with an unknown male driver, wearing just a nightie.
'If we had not found her she’d have been lying there for hours. We’ve been told it could have developed into pneumonia.'
Tracey McErlain-Burns, chief nurse at Mid Yorkshire, said: 'I am sorry for any distress that Mrs Parr and her family have experienced as our aim is to provide the highest level of service.
'We have spoken with the family directly and are looking into their concerns.'
It comes just days after it was revealed an elderly dementia patient was discharged from another hospital at 2am after bosses declared it was ‘in her best interests’.
Eileen Hansbury,who suffers from dementia, was sent back to her care home at 2am
Eileen Hansbury, 89, had been admitted to Warrington Hospital in Cheshire in November, after suffering a suspected broken nose in a fall. But despite being made comfortable in bed, she was woken up in the middle of the night, put in an ambulance and sent home.
Her appalled family say hospital bosses simply threw the confused old lady out in the early hours so they could free a bed. They said they hadn't been contacted.
But a spokesman said: ‘On review by the doctor, a decision was made that
no further treatment was required and Mrs Hansbury could safely return
to the nursing home and be more comfortable in familiar surroundings.'