Home Stroke Island hospital ordered to apologise to patient after failing to diagnose stroke

Island hospital ordered to apologise to patient after failing to diagnose stroke


NHS Western Isles has been ordered to apologise to a patient after hospital staff failed to diagnose he had suffered a stroke.

The man, known only as Mr A, was sent to hospital after his GP sent for an ambulance following a consultation with Mr A’s wife, as they suspected he was having a stroke.

However, at A&E he was treated for an irregular heartbeat and possible alcohol-related issues. He was discharged the next day.

However, just a day later he was readmitted and a CT scan confirmed he had suffered a stroke.

His family complained to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO), which has now determined the health board “unreasonably failed to give appropriate care”.

Counsel on behalf of Mr A said that medical staff did not act appropriately he was admitted and failed to investigate the possibility he had suffered a stroke, despite symptoms being identified in his admittance notes.

A spokesman for the SPSO said: “We noted that Mr A symptoms were suggestive of a transient ischaemic attack (TIA; a stroke lasting for a shorter period, less than 24 hours).

“The records suggested appropriate consideration was not given to the possibility and symptoms of a TIA.

“We concluded that the board did not give appropriate consideration to whether Mr A had suffered a TIA.”

A spokeswoman for NHS Western Isles said they had apologised to Mr A and had taken on board the SPSO’s findings.


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