Ombudsman raises concern about unsafe discharges from hospitals in England

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 29 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6522
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

A woman who was not given any treatment options when she was seen at a hospital with an ectopic pregnancy and later lost her remaining fallopian tube was offered an apology and compensation by the hospital trust for its failings, the parliamentary health service ombudsman has reported.

The woman, who went to the hospital’s emergency department when she started bleeding at seven weeks of pregnancy, was sent home by North West London Hospitals NHS Trust and not offered drug treatment or surgery. Had she had her preferred option of medical intervention she would have had a 90% chance of keeping her fallopian tube, concluded the investigation. The ombudsman recommended that the trust issue the …

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