"Nursing care and RADS(Respiratory Assisted..."

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My husband walked into GRH A&E with breathing difficulties. A&E was excellent but that was all. He was never placed in a Respiratory Ward.

He was discharged as 'well' just 3 days later, under the RADS scheme.

He was returned by ambulance on a stretcher at 9pm and was placed downstairs in his reclining armchair, on oxygen.

He was soiled, unwashed, unshaven and unable to stand. I was left alone to nurse him. I am 75.

A nurse physio came on the afternoon of the 21st. She had no functioning meter to test blood oxygen levels or pulse but fortunately I had one. She suggested a GP visit.

We transferred him to a private hospital the next day, where he went into the Intensive Therapy Unit. He died 11 days later.

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Response from Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Really sorry to hear this. Would you be happy to give us a call to discuss your concerns in greater detail so that we can investigate further? If so you can call our PALS team on 0800 019 3282 or email them pals.gloucestershirehospitals@glos.nhs.uk

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