NHS Borders rapped by Scottish Public Services Ombudsman over patients’ treatment

NHS Borders has been asked to apologise to the family of an elderly patient who died one day after being discharged from Borders General Hospital.

The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman upheld complaints that the man had not been thoroughly assessed or treated when he first attended the BGH in October 2011.

He was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and given painkillers and antibiotics, but was readmitted later the same day and died the following morning of a ruptured blood vessel in the abdomen.

The ombudsman also recommended NHS Borders apologise for taking too long to respond to a complaint from a woman surrounding the care of her mother, who suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS).

Read more in next week’s Southern.