An 85-year old woman died of thirst in hospital because a nurse allegedly refused to give her a drink of water because they were afraid she’d wet her bed.
Edna Thompson, 85, was admitted to Maidstone hospital with an eye condition, but died from dehydration eight days later after apparently being refused fluids.
Although the hospital has apologised for the incident but her daughter Ann Brown is angry.
‘I am just appalled,’ she said.
‘If they had dealt with this better none of this would have happened and our mother could still be alive.’
The widowed mother-of-three from Harrietsham, Kent, suffered severe dehydration and eventual renal failure at hospital.
The weekend before her death, Mrs Thompson’s family raised concerns about her dehydration with an agency nurse.
But they were allegedly told it would be inconvenient if she had too much water – because it would mean staff having to change the bedding more often.
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust chief executive Glenn Douglas admitted a catalogue of errors and apologize to the family.
A review was under way and new procedures had been introduced to prevent a similar problem.
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