The mother of a teenager has hit out at the treatment received by her daughter who died after being admitted to hospital. An inquest into the death of Jessica Ashton-Pyatt heard there had been a catalogue of blunders including nurses attempting to use a vital piece of equipment upside down.
Jessica's mother had been fundraising for the hospital as a thank-you and only discovered the mistakes when she attended her inquest. Wesley Smith reports.
The family of 14-year-old Jessica Ashton-Pyatt, who died after being admitted to the casualty ward at the Pilgrim Hospital in Lincolnshire, say the revelations at the inquest have left them with more questions that answers and that until then, they'd been defenders of the hospital.
We express our sincere condolences to the family of Jessica Ashton-Pyatt and apologise for any distress caused during her treatment. We...recognise that there were aspects of care which did not meet the high standards that we normally deliver. We take these matters extremely seriously and have carried out an internal investigation to enable us to take steps to improve the care provided.
The parents of teenager Jessica Ashton-Pyatt who died after being admitted to the casualty ward at at Pilgrim Hospital in Lincolnshire said they were, "disgusted and angry at the way staff at the hospital treated Jessica."
Jessica suffered two heart attacks after a mystery illness caused her to vomit so much her stomach ruptured.
An inquest last Friday heard from the attending paramedic Mark Hall who said that A&E staff, "appeared overwhelmed by the serious situation" they were faced with when 14-year-old Jessica Ashton-Pyatt was admitted to the hospital on 27 October.
Recording a verdict of death by natural causes, South Lincolnshire Coroner Professor Robert Forrest said: "The treatment she received did not save her life, but did not contribute to her death."
United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, which runs Pilgrim Hospital, issued a statement saying, 'whilst we recognise that the patient's condition was very unusual, we also recognise that there were aspects of care which did not meet the high standards that we normally deliver.'
In a statement, the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, which runs the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, says it has carried out a review on nurse staffing levels.
"We are committed to providing high quality care for our patients and over the last year we have successfully recruited to a large number of clinical posts for both nursing and medical staff.
"We have also carried out a review of the nursing establishment on all wards across all hospital sites in the Trust and are in the process of introducing a new staffing template to be used on every ward.
"We understand the data used is more than a year old and many changes, such as those described have taken place since then."
– Spokesperson, United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust