When an elderly woman was discovered dead in her U.K. hospital bed, the staff reportedly had no idea that she died.
Winifred Philbin, a 99-year-old great-grandmother, passed away in Denbigh Infirmary after she was allegedly “mistreated” and left to live in “disgusting” conditions, according to her daughter, Janice Barrell.
Barrell, a palliative care nurse, told reporters of how she discovered her mother dead after deciding to pay her a visit.
“We arrived on the ward to find the curtains drawn around mom’s bed," she told the Daily Post. "We asked if she was being washed and the staff told us no, so we went in.”
That’s when the family made their tragic discovery.
“Finding her deceased was a terrible shock,” she said, “My brother and I were devastated. We were assured that she had been okay moments before but I’m afraid I just don’t believe this. Anyone could see that she was actively dying.
"I find it extremely sad that my mom had no one with her when she died. Nothing has been entered on her notes since 6 AM that morning.”
According to Barrell, her mother had been vomiting “black fluid” the day before and the staff did not give her mouth care.
“Overall, I think the staff failed my mom badly,” she said. “They were nice enough but lacked the necessary skills. My mom was longing for a shower and hair wash. This was a lady who had her hair washed and set every week and by the end, all she did was scratch.
"She was in obvious discomfort but no one seemed to notice.”
A spokesperson from the Health Board in charge of the facility made a statement regarding the allegations of mistreatment, saying: “Due to patient confidentiality we are unable to comment on the care provided to individual patients. However, we can confirm that a formal concern has been received by the health board, which we’re in the process of investigating. We will contact Ms. Barrell directly to discuss her concerns.”
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