Family hits out over ‘uncaring’ discharge of 82-year-old at Lynn hospital

Queen Elizabeth Hospital ANL-150320-162251001
Queen Elizabeth Hospital ANL-150320-162251001

A family has hit out at what it calls the “uncaring” discharge of an 82-year-old man with a brain tumour from hospital.

Derek Lambert struggles with his arms but attempts were made twice to send him home from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in a taxi, wearing pyjamas.

Mr Lambert, who lives with wife Jill in Walton Highway, was finally brought home by ambulance the following day.

The family is now calling for the hospital to explain why Mr Lambert was treated in this way. The hospital says it cannot comment on individual cases but has discharge policies in place.

His daughter Sarah Hasler, of Wisbech, said: “I think it is really uncaring. He can’t move his arms or legs properly and struggles to walk.

“In hospital the day before they had to use a hoist to weigh him. Surely they should have realised he can’t go in a car.

“When the ambulance finally brought him home, they had to lift him over the step so how was my 79-year-old mum going to cope? It just doesn’t make any sense.

“I would really like to know how a hospital could discharge patients like that. A letter would be nice to put my mum and dad’s minds at rest.”

Mr Lambert was diagnosed with a tumour in November after suddenly developing problems with his legs. He was found to have a mass behind his left eye located on the membrane, but medics will not know exactly what it is until they operate in the New Year.

He was admitted into the hospital on December 3 for the final time and the discharge attempts happened on December 14.

Claire Roberts, associate director of patient experience, said: “We cannot comment on individual cases due to patient confidentiality. It is hospital policy that we only discharge patients in a manner which they are comfortable with and which they have agreed.”