Deborah Hampton
Deborah Hampton Alistair Brightman

Daughter considers legal action

IT HAS been more than three months, yet the frustration Deborah Hampton feels with Hervey Bay Hospital has not subsided.

Ms Hampton’s mother, Mavis Jameson, died in her hospital bed in August, after being sent home in a taxi only two weeks before.

“I’m very frustrated because everyone just tells me she had a pre-existing medical condition and was going to die anyway. If it was the pre-existing condition that caused her death why didn’t they look at that instead of saying she was dehydrated?” Ms Hampton said yesterday.

Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay Health Service District boss Beth Norton said the Health Quality and Complaints Commission was investigating Ms Hampton’s concerns.

“It would be inappropriate for Queensland Health to comment until the investigation is complete,” Ms Norton said.

On July 29, in pain and tears, Mrs Jameson arrived at Hervey Bay Hospital in an ambulance with her husband, Colin.

The couple was turned around however, after Mrs Jameson was diagnosed with dehydration.

That was despite Mr Jameson telling doctors his wife had a twisted bowel and was begging them to look at it.

Just 24 hours later, Mrs Jameson, on her GPs referral, was admitted to the hospital for emergency surgery.

Two weeks later, on August 13, she died.

Ms Hampton is considering legal action against the hospital for medical negligence.

She said that immediately after her mother was turned away in July, and again after her death, she made complaints to the hospital, the Fraser Coast’s health service district and the state health commission.

She also complained about the treatment from a particular nurse, who Ms Hampton claimed was “unfeeling” and “rude”.

Ms Hampton was devastated hospital staff did not tell her the surgery, which was to remove half of Mrs Jameson’s bowel, was serious or that her mother was not recovering well.

She heard of her mother’s death while driving down from Sapphire to be by her bedside.

At the time, she said, a doctor told her the cause of death was the blood disease septicaemia; however it was not mentioned on the official document. What takes its place is a long list of causes, with aspiration pneumonia at the top.

Ms Hampton said she was exhausted with trying to get answers from the health system and hoped speaking out would improve services.

“If one person doesn’t die in agony, or doesn’t get missed, then that will be enough.

“They’re so used to getting away with it.”

“They’re so used to getting away with it.”



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