NHS apologises to family over mother's hospital death

From BBC - April 17, 2018

An NHS trust has apologised to the family of a woman who died in hospital after becoming chronically dehydrated.

Denise Davies, 45, from Lowestoft, was being treated at the town's Carlton Court Mental Health Unit in 2013, where her physical health deteriorated.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust admitted there were failures in her care there, and delays in her transfer to hospital.

Its chief executive offered her "personal apologies" to her family, who have agreed an out-of-court settlement.

The mother of two had suffered from anxiety was under observation at Carlton Court.

She was later transferred to James Paget Hospital in Gorleston with dehydration and died in June 2013.

An inquest in 2015 found her cause of death was a heart attack, brought on by a blood clot in the lung.

The family's legal team argued the trust failed to carry out daily risk assessments and she should have been transferred to hospital sooner.

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