Critically-ill woman moved 71 miles to free up bed in unit

Gazette: Critically-illwoman moved 71 miles to free up bed in unit Critically-illwoman moved 71 miles to free up bed in unit

A WOMAN in Colchester General Hospital’s critical care unit had to be driven more than 70 miles to another hospital – because medics decided her bed was needed by someone else.

Muriel Beardwell, 71, was taken to Colchester General Hospital after a fall at her home in Greenstead, Colchester. She ended up in critical care because she needed help breathing and underwent a tracheotomy to open her airway.

However, late on Wednesday, critical care doctors announced they were moving the sick pensioner two hours up the A12 to the James Paget Hospital in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

They decided Mrs Beardwell was the most suitable to be moved since she was the most stable of the 12 patients in the unit – to the horror of her son, Phil Beardwell, of Waterside Lane, Colchester.

He said: “They told us it was essential we keep visiting her to help her and keep up her morale, but now they’ve moved her to a hospital more than two hours away.

“It makes it virtually impossible for us to see our critically-ill mum."

The family has made an official complaint to the trust which runs the hospital.

FOR THE FULL STORY AND A RESPONSE FROM COLCHESTER GENERAL HOSPITAL, SEE TODAY'S GAZETTE

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9:39am Fri 31 Jan 14

Catchedicam says...

Shocking, It's like a game of chess, no thought for the people involved.
Shocking, It's like a game of chess, no thought for the people involved. Catchedicam
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11:09am Fri 31 Jan 14

sad old man says...

Care and compassion not part of the business plan or career roadmap then?
Care and compassion not part of the business plan or career roadmap then? sad old man
  • Score: -1

1:52pm Fri 31 Jan 14

greenbroker says...

There are only so many beds in a Critical Care Unit. Better to move more stable patients and allow others to live.
There are only so many beds in a Critical Care Unit. Better to move more stable patients and allow others to live. greenbroker
  • Score: 17

4:17pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Walt Jabsco says...

greenbroker wrote:
There are only so many beds in a Critical Care Unit. Better to move more stable patients and allow others to live.
Exactly
[quote][p][bold]greenbroker[/bold] wrote: There are only so many beds in a Critical Care Unit. Better to move more stable patients and allow others to live.[/p][/quote]Exactly Walt Jabsco
  • Score: 6

4:22pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Scoot says...

So what should be asked is, If she was fit enough to be driven to the James Paget then why was she in the Critical ward in the first place and not in another part of the hospital but under constant care. The least the trust could do is to arrange suitable accomodation for her family when they require it until she is fit to be discharged or transferred back to Colchester.
So what should be asked is, If she was fit enough to be driven to the James Paget then why was she in the Critical ward in the first place and not in another part of the hospital but under constant care. The least the trust could do is to arrange suitable accomodation for her family when they require it until she is fit to be discharged or transferred back to Colchester. Scoot
  • Score: -5

5:00pm Fri 31 Jan 14

sad old man says...

Scoot wrote:
So what should be asked is, If she was fit enough to be driven to the James Paget then why was she in the Critical ward in the first place and not in another part of the hospital but under constant care. The least the trust could do is to arrange suitable accomodation for her family when they require it until she is fit to be discharged or transferred back to Colchester.
Trust?

Not much of that about with the NHS.
[quote][p][bold]Scoot[/bold] wrote: So what should be asked is, If she was fit enough to be driven to the James Paget then why was she in the Critical ward in the first place and not in another part of the hospital but under constant care. The least the trust could do is to arrange suitable accomodation for her family when they require it until she is fit to be discharged or transferred back to Colchester.[/p][/quote]Trust? Not much of that about with the NHS. sad old man
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5:55pm Fri 31 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

But the nhs is safe in their hands what?tory gov, tory ecc, tory cbc.ask yourselves the question who created this situation.vote ukip.
But the nhs is safe in their hands what?tory gov, tory ecc, tory cbc.ask yourselves the question who created this situation.vote ukip. stevedawson
  • Score: -6

12:12am Sat 1 Feb 14

Boris says...

Scoot wrote:
So what should be asked is, If she was fit enough to be driven to the James Paget then why was she in the Critical ward in the first place and not in another part of the hospital but under constant care. The least the trust could do is to arrange suitable accomodation for her family when they require it until she is fit to be discharged or transferred back to Colchester.
Some hospitals provide sleeping/rest accommodation for families of patients in their intensive care units. Coiuldn't the James Paget Hospital provide something like this?
[quote][p][bold]Scoot[/bold] wrote: So what should be asked is, If she was fit enough to be driven to the James Paget then why was she in the Critical ward in the first place and not in another part of the hospital but under constant care. The least the trust could do is to arrange suitable accomodation for her family when they require it until she is fit to be discharged or transferred back to Colchester.[/p][/quote]Some hospitals provide sleeping/rest accommodation for families of patients in their intensive care units. Coiuldn't the James Paget Hospital provide something like this? Boris
  • Score: 2

7:20pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Buffseeds says...

The decision to move patients is always a difficult one to make. All trusts nationwide have similar problems with intensive care bed availability. What's important ultimately is that ALL patients receive the best care possible within the resources available . Hope this guys mum is better soon . 😷
The decision to move patients is always a difficult one to make. All trusts nationwide have similar problems with intensive care bed availability. What's important ultimately is that ALL patients receive the best care possible within the resources available . Hope this guys mum is better soon . 😷 Buffseeds
  • Score: 6

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