Bosses at The Leicester Royal Infirmary has apologised for a "catastrophic error" after a 100-year-old great-grandmother died from dehydration on one of its wards.
The hospital admitted the failure after Lydia Spilner was admitted in January last year with a suspected chest infection and dehydration.
After four weeks, her condition deteriorated. Lawyers representing her family say her daughter pleaded for her mother to be put on a drip, but was repeatedly ignored.
University Hospitals of Leicestershire NHS Trust has now admitted that Mrs Spilner died due to renal failure caused by dehydration and has paid her family an undisclosed out-of-court settlement.
Sue Mason, divisional head of nursing at Leicester Hospitals, said:
She left behind a son and daughter, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Robert Rose, a medical lawyer said:
"The trust has admitted there were clear failings in the care Lydia received.
" [...] we are urging the trust to prove to the local community it serves that real improvements have since been made to elderly patient care at Leicester Royal Infirmary."