Search

A&E sends pensioner home with collapsed lung and cracked ribs

12:00 30 May 2014

Nora Daly was found to have suffered four cracked ribs and a broken collarbone

Nora Daly was found to have suffered four cracked ribs and a broken collarbone

Archant

The Whittington Hospital is to launch an investigation after a pensioner was sent home by A&E doctors who failed to notice she had four cracked ribs, a broken collarbone and a collapsed lung.

The hospital has apologised for its treatment of Nora Daly, who was taken to the Whittington by paramedics after being found lying on the floor and screaming in pain, having suffered a fall.

Despite arriving in serious pain at the hospital in Magdala Avenue, Archway, the 68-year-old’s family say she was given no X-rays or blood tests and told she could go home.

But this was to prove an astonishing oversight when she was examined the next day by doctors at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead.

Daughter Louise Daly said: “I went to pick her up from the Whittington to take her home and was surprised to find they didn’t X-ray her.

“My parents didn’t seem to have been given much information, so I assumed it must just be bruising.

“But that evening she was in a lot of pain and couldn’t even lie down to sleep.

“The following day I stepped out to run some errands and when I came back one of my mum’s friends visiting her had called the ambulance because she was struggling to even breathe. It’s lucky she did.”

‘Lackadaisical’

This time she was X-rayed at the Royal Free’s A&E department, which found four cracked ribs, a broken collarbone and a collapsed lung.

Doctors also realised she had a pre-existing pneumonia infection and told her to stay in hospital until treated.

Nora described her assessment at the Whittington as “lackadaisical” while husband Patrick Daly, 73, branded it “cursory”.

The difference in treatment between the two NHS A&E departments left their daughter “shocked”.

“My mother’s recovering from a stroke, fighting pneumonia, is old and frail – and they pushed her out the door without the most basic care,” she said.

“Is this how we treat our most vulnerable people?

“You hear the horror stories about the NHS all the time, but it still blows your mind when your loved ones are the victims of this kind of incompetence.”

A Whittington spokesman said: “We are deeply sorry to hear that Mrs Daly and her family are upset with the care received in our emergency department.

“We will be launching an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mrs Daly’s care.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington News Stories

12:00

The embattled world of football was shown the way by 100 youngsters from Islington community centres who came together for a tournament in the name of peace.

Yesterday, 16:28

Islington kids got the chance to show off their moves with Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell yesterday (Thursday) as the Mayor of London rolled out the next stage of his curriculum plans for the capital’s primary schools.

Yesterday, 15:10

More than 2,500 green-minded people in Canonbury set up shop in their gardens to offload unwanted items.

Yesterday, 12:30

Developers trying to transform a Grade-II listed building into a 1,000-capacity private members club have pulled an application for a booze licence at the 11th hour after neighbours objected.

Thu, 17:23

A year ago, Jeremy Corbyn promised Islington North ‘won’t be forgotten’ after he was elected Labour leader. Twelve months on, James Morris asks community leaders across his constituency whether he has kept his word.

Thu, 13:34

A music producer told the Islington councillor who shut down Farringdon superclub Fabric: “Your decision has made me come over all rapey.”

Thu, 12:39

A radical report that recommends moving all council tenants with health issues caused by their damp, mouldy homes will go before cabinet.

Thu, 07:00

The grieving mother of a young man shot dead in a King’s Cross nightclub is today pleading for the community to name her son’s killer after a decade of silence.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

Competitions

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now