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

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