The claim is in relation to the treatment the Claimant’s father, now deceased, received whilst he was under the care of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital (RLUH) in the period before his death. The claim was brought by the son.
The Claimant’s father was admitted to RLUH in June 2018 and upon admission, a Falls Risk Assessment was carried out, which noted a number of risks. On 24th June 2018, he was transferred from the Acute Medical Admissions Unit to Ward 8A. His Falls Risk Assessment was not updated on transfer and he was therefore placed in the bed furthest away from the nurse’s station.
The Claimant’s father was assessed by a Urologist, who suggested that he needed a CT scan of the ureter, kidney and bladder. The CT scan showed a (likely) malignant mass in the left bladder wall. During his admission, he was also treated for hospital acquired pneumonia.
On 3rd July 2018, the Claimant’s father suffered a fall and was found on the floor by his bed.
On 9th July 2018, he suffered a second fall at around 10.30pm, when he was found on the floor at the end of the bed. Following a hip x-ray, he was diagnosed with a fracture in the neck of his right femur. A stabiliser was fitted as he was not considered well enough for surgery.
On 12th July 2018, the Claimant’s father was visited by a Healthcare Assistant. The Healthcare Assistant proceeded to remove the stabiliser from his leg and attempted to reposition him and roll him onto his side. Upon attending upon his father, the Claimant informed the Healthcare Assistant of his father’s broken hip to which the Healthcare Assistant advised that she did not know.
Palliative care was commenced on 13th July 2018, following which the Claimant’s father subsequently passed away later that day.
Proceedings were issued in February 2022 on a protective basis against Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Negotiations between the parties resulted in a settlement of the claim in August 2022, prior to the service of proceedings.