"Serious condition undetected"
About: South Tyneside District Hospital South Tyneside District Hospital South Shields NE34 0PL
I was admitted with right lung pneumothorax with pleural effusion as a result of pneumonia in November 2011. Despite attempting to alert medical staff to my long-standing rare disease it was disregarded as were the developing symptoms of a potentially fatal condition. The pneumonia was treated successfully but as a result of what I believe were less than effective clinical decisions I quickly developed nephrotic syndrome. Immediately after discharge my worsening symptoms caused my GP to request urgent investigation and they subsequently contacted the ward. Receiving no satisfaction my GP referred me as an emergency to the RVI where my primary consultant, who should have been contacted when I was first admitted to District General, admitted me immediately. A simple urine test would have given cause for concern. Also the fact that I was gaining weight (due to acute fluid retention) despite the fact that I had eaten almost nothing for more than a month. I made a formal complaint to the hospital which was investigated by their own personnel. I was then asked to attend a meeting where I was assured that similar situations would not be allowed to arise again. This did nothing to instil enough confidence in the clinical care to persuade me to use their services again. I have been a patient of the Newcastle Regional Hospitals for more than 40 years and have never had cause to complain. The care at the RVI and Freeman hospitals has been truly excellent. Not so at South Tyneside Disctrict General.