Anger as hospital ‘fly-tips’ terminally ill woman home with broken leg

TREATMENT: Derek and Doris Porter (S)
TREATMENT: Derek and Doris Porter (S)

THE husband of a woman terminally ill with cancer has hit out at the Royal Blackburn Hospital after she was sent home with only a pillow supporting her broken leg.

Mrs Doris Porter (58) was due to attend Royal Blackburn Hospital on October 29th in connection with high calcium levels in her body, but broke her leg at home as she was preparing to go.

Mrs Porter, of Briercliffe Road, was taken by ambulance to the hospital where, according to her husband Derek, a catalogue of problems occurred.

She was diagnosed with cervical cancer earlier this year after becoming ill on holiday.

Mr Porter said: “My wife may only have weeks to live yet the way Blackburn Hospital treated her was a disgrace.

“She was initially fitted with a Thomas splint but this had to be taken off as it was causing her skin to break.

“Nurses then found a hoist splint but couldn’t fit it as one part was missing. We kept being told it would be put on but nothing was done. Doris was in agony. Doris became so distressed by her stay she asked if she could come home. When the ambulance crews brought her home last Friday and we removed the covers there was just a pillow supporting her broken leg.

“I am disgusted. They dumped her on a trolley, dosed her up with morphine and fly-tipped her home in my opinion.”

A nurse did arrive at the couple’s home on Monday night to fit a splint which has now given Mrs Porter some comfort, but her husband says this was too late.

He is also angry that during her stay on Ward C1 a number of male patients were wandering into the women’s section, upsetting the patients.

Mr Porter added: “I am not necessarily blaming the nurses as I think they are overstretched and overworked. It was chaos when we arrived in the accident and emergency unit. Burnley General, which is round the corner from our home, is virtually empty and yet Blackburn is rushed off its feet. It makes no sense.

“What happened to Doris could easily happen again, perhaps next time to an elderly person.

“I hope the hospital bosses make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

When the Express contacted East Lancashire Hospitals NHS trust for a response regarding Mrs Porter’s treatment we were sent the following brief statement which did not answer any of the issues raised. Chief Nurse Lynn Wissett said: “We are sorry to hear the family have concerns about Mrs Porter’s treatment and would urge them to get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can discuss them.”