Woman Dies of Dehydration - Leicester Royal Infirmary Admitts To Their Failures & Apologises

14 June 2013

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Woman Dies of Dehydration - Leicester Royal Infirmary Admitts To Their Failures & Apologises

A hospital has apologised for a "catastrophic error" after a 100-year-old great-grandmother died from dehydration on one of its wards. Leicester Royal Infirmary bosses admitted the failure after Lydia Spilner was admitted in January last year with a suspected chest infection and dehydration. Over a four-week period her condition was allowed to deteriorate and her daughter's desperate pleas for her mother to be put on a drip were repeatedly ignored until it was too late, the family's lawyers said.

University Hospitals of Leicestershire NHS trust has admitted that Spilner died of renal failure caused by dehydration and has paid her family an undisclosed sum in an out-of-court settlement.

Spilner's daughter, Nora, from Tilton on the Hill, Leicestershire, said her mother was also shown little kindness from the nurses caring for her. Sue Mason, divisional head of nursing at Leicester Hospitals, said: "It's clear that our failure to give Mrs Spilner intravenous fluids was a catastrophic error for which we have apologised. We know that saying sorry won't bring her back but we at least want her family to know that we will not avoid our responsibility. We are truly sorry “.

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