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94-year-old Leicester patient was moved 13 times his before death

Reg Thompson was moved 13 times in the last 10 weeks of his life. Credit: BPM Media

The family of a 94-year-old man who was moved from one hospital to another 13 times in the last 10 weeks of his life have told of the distress they felt at the way he was treated.

Reg Thompson, 94, was first admitted to the Leicester Royal Infirmary after a fall at home on 21 December. He died at Kettering General Hospital on 2 March.

During the 10 weeks between when he was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary and his death, he spent time at five different hospitals.

Mr Thompson served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Credit: BPM Media

Tests revealed Mr Thompson, who lived in Oadby for 59 years and served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, had a chest infection when he was first taken to A&E.

Mr Thompson was discharged on 8 January, but was admitted again with suspected pneumonia two days later.

He was sent between LRI, Melton Mowbray Hospital and St Luke's Hospital before he died at Kettering General Hospital on 2 March.

In total, he travelled 158 miles moving from one hospital to another. Mr Thompson’s nephew, Brian Winterton, said:

If you suggested this as a storyline in a soap it wouldn’t get through, it’s just so unbelieveable.

– Brian Winterton, nephew

The family have since made a complaint to University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. Moira Durbridge, director of safety and risk at Leicester’s Hospitals said:

We have received a complaint from Mr Thompson’s niece with concerns about his care and we are currently looking into all of the issues that have been raised with us.

– Moira Durbridge, director of safety and risk at Leicester’s Hospitals

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, the organisation in charge of the county's community hospitals, said: "We would welcome the opportunity to discuss this further with the family so that we can investigate it."