Report 'slams' Basildon Hospital

Basildon Hospital has been criticised by the Health Service Ombudsman for "missing any opportunity" to save the life of a 23-year-old patient who died at the hospital in 2009. The hospital is under investigation for higher-than-expected death rates.

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Report criticises out-of-hours GP who refused to visit disabled woman before her death

The Health Service Ombudsman has criticised an out-of-hours GP for refusing to visit a disabled 23-year-old woman days before being admitted to Basildon Hospital where she died, despite pleas from her mother.

Tina Papalabropoulos, who suffered from learning disabilities, epilepsy, a form of dwarfism and an abnormal curvature of the spine died in January 2009.

Her mother Mrs Papalabropoulos says that doctors see people with learning disabilities only as an "existance".

She believes the serious failures at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust have highlighted the problem: "Vulnerable people like my daughter have been suffering this kind of care for decades.

It seems like all of their skills go out of the window when they get a child with a disability."

Basildon Hospital sends sympathies after review finds opportunities to save disabled woman were missed

Basildon Hospital says it welcomes the Health Service Ombudsman review which found that staff missed opportunities to save the life of a 23-year-old disabled woman in 2009.

In the statement from the hospital in Essex it says since the death of Tina Papalabropoulos it has 'made significant improvement to the care and treatment' of patients with learning disabilities.

"Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust welcomes the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsmans review, and would again like to send its sympathies to the family of Tina Papalabropoulos.

"Since Tina's death the hospital has made significant improvement to the care and treatment we provide our patients with learning disabilities.

"We were the first trust in the east of England region to have a dedicated Learning Disabilities Nurse Advisor, who since January 2010 has supported patients with learning disabilities of all ages and stages in their health, as well as their families, carers and staff.

"We continue to listen to and value the input of Mrs Christine Papalobropoulos and other patients, their families and carers, to find out what further enhancements can be made."

– Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Basildon Hospital 'missed opportunities' to save disabled woman

Basildon Hospital has been criticised by the Health Service Ombudsman for "missing any opportunity" to save the life of a 23-year-old patient.

Tina Papalabropoulos, who suffered from learning disabilities, epilepsy, a form of dwarfism and an abnormal curvature of the spine died in January 2009.

Tina Papalabropoulos pictured with her mother

Four days after developing a cough she was admitted with suspected aspiration pneumonia, which meant food had got into her lungs, but had to wait five days to see the respiratory consultant, her mother Christine said.

The report found that when Miss Papalabropoulos arrived at the hospital, doctors "did not provide her with the treatment that her condition would have called for."

The trust was criticised for allowing Tina to eat and drink

The trust was criticised for allowing her to eat and drink, failing to immediately administer antibiotics and for not considering moving her to the "high dependency" unit.

The hospital is currently under investigation for having higher-than-expected death rates.