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Family of a Redditch diabetic woman who died win payout
12:00pm Tuesday 13th August 2013 in News
THE heartbroken family of a diabetic woman whose life could have been saved if medics had carried out a simple blood test have won a payout from a health trust.
Mother-of-three Margaret Pitt from Redditch had a long history of type one diabetes but suffered an irreversible brain injury and died soon after on November 21 2010, aged 55, after medical staff at the Alexandra Hospital failed to implement a thorough care plan.
Following legal action by lawyers Irwin Mitchell, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Alex, admitted that had proper checks taken place, she would be alive today.
It agreed to payout an undisclosed sum.
Chris Tidman, deputy chief executive of the trust, said: “Following our internal investigation and the inquest into Mrs Pitt’s death in June 2012, a number of improvements have been made to our clinical processes and our staff training programmes to ensure that these mistakes don’t happen again.
“We again offer Mrs Pitt’s family our unreserved apologies over the failures identified in Mrs Pitt’s care.”
On November 4, 2010, Mrs Pitt felt unwell and recognised the tell-tale signs that her blood glucose levels had risen to a point where she needed medical help.
She was admitted to the Alex and after being treated in intensive care, was moved to a ward for ongoing glucose tests and treatment.
In the early hours of November 13, she was found collapsed and unconscious and was rushed back to intensive care where doctors discovered she had suffered severe brain damage as a result of hypoglycaemia.
Her family was told the damage was irreversible and nothing more could be done.
She remained in intensive care until she was transferred to Primrose Hospice on November 19, where she died two days later.
At an inquest into her death in June 2012 it was revealed that nurse Jackie Charman failed to carry out blood tests which would have shown Mrs Pitt’s glucose levels were not being controlled after she was admitted.
During the summing up the deputy coroner described the actions of the nurse as a ‘gross failure to provide basic medical treatment’.
Mrs Pitt’s husband David said the family hopes that her death was not in vain and that lessons are learnt so guidelines to protect patients like her will not be ignored again.
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