"Hospital medics gave my Joe a massive overdose"

Essex County Standard: Juliet Whitson with son Joe Juliet Whitson with son Joe

THE mother of a man left in an induced coma for a month after Colchester General Hospital medics gave him 50 times the recommended dose of a drug has launched legal action.

Joe Whitson, 41, was rushed to Colchester General Hospital after suffering a major seizure.

He was given Phenytoin, a stabiliser drug used to combat seizures, and appeared to be on the road to recovery.

But instead of gradually reducing the amount of the drug during each top-up, Mr Whitson kept being given the same dose.

By the time the error had been spotted two days later, he had been given 50 times the recommended dosage and had fallen unconscious.

For the full story, see Thursday's Gazette

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8:34pm Wed 29 Jan 14

LeQueen says...

After witnessing appalling lack of care and skill at Colchester General I wouldn't have anything done there. Any emergencies I'd take straight to a different A&E and say I was in the area.

I know of a stroke patient who rented a flat in Cambridge so he wouldn't have to be moved to Colchester after being treated at Addenbrookes.
After witnessing appalling lack of care and skill at Colchester General I wouldn't have anything done there. Any emergencies I'd take straight to a different A&E and say I was in the area. I know of a stroke patient who rented a flat in Cambridge so he wouldn't have to be moved to Colchester after being treated at Addenbrookes. LeQueen
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1:32am Thu 30 Jan 14

Boris says...

LeQueen wrote:
After witnessing appalling lack of care and skill at Colchester General I wouldn't have anything done there. Any emergencies I'd take straight to a different A&E and say I was in the area.

I know of a stroke patient who rented a flat in Cambridge so he wouldn't have to be moved to Colchester after being treated at Addenbrookes.
If you were suffering a real emergency it would be someone else, not you, who would decide where to send you.
Agreed that there have been some appalling stories from our local hospital recently, but your solution does not appear realistic. Your best plan would be to move to Cambridge now, so you can be close to Addenbrookes in case of any emergency.
[quote][p][bold]LeQueen[/bold] wrote: After witnessing appalling lack of care and skill at Colchester General I wouldn't have anything done there. Any emergencies I'd take straight to a different A&E and say I was in the area. I know of a stroke patient who rented a flat in Cambridge so he wouldn't have to be moved to Colchester after being treated at Addenbrookes.[/p][/quote]If you were suffering a real emergency it would be someone else, not you, who would decide where to send you. Agreed that there have been some appalling stories from our local hospital recently, but your solution does not appear realistic. Your best plan would be to move to Cambridge now, so you can be close to Addenbrookes in case of any emergency. Boris
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9:30am Thu 30 Jan 14

totallyfootball says...

It needs closing and starting again, the majority of the people in charge there are not fit for purpose!
It needs closing and starting again, the majority of the people in charge there are not fit for purpose! totallyfootball
  • Score: 2

10:21am Thu 30 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

Something needs to be done.having to move counties to escape colchester a&e is just not on.
Something needs to be done.having to move counties to escape colchester a&e is just not on. stevedawson
  • Score: 3

11:41am Thu 30 Jan 14

Checkout says...

Boris makes the most relevant point, it's almost always someone else who decides whether you need emergency care. As for "lack of care and skill" Le Queen, are you medically trained or proficient enough to make such a sweeping statement? Not every medical outcome is guaranteed to be resolved in a satisfactory manner. There are limits to what is possible no matter how much care and attention is given.
CGH has had a whole shed load of things go wrong but they must now be given an opportunity to put things right. The management and oversight functions seem to have gone badly astray, this is what needs the most urgent attention and all those associated with this failure should either resign or be sacked. Any medical or other staff who under-performed or were negligent need to be identified too and be asked to leave also. From what I've seen and experienced, that will not prove to be very many at all.
Boris makes the most relevant point, it's almost always someone else who decides whether you need emergency care. As for "lack of care and skill" Le Queen, are you medically trained or proficient enough to make such a sweeping statement? Not every medical outcome is guaranteed to be resolved in a satisfactory manner. There are limits to what is possible no matter how much care and attention is given. CGH has had a whole shed load of things go wrong but they must now be given an opportunity to put things right. The management and oversight functions seem to have gone badly astray, this is what needs the most urgent attention and all those associated with this failure should either resign or be sacked. Any medical or other staff who under-performed or were negligent need to be identified too and be asked to leave also. From what I've seen and experienced, that will not prove to be very many at all. Checkout
  • Score: 2

12:50pm Thu 30 Jan 14

totallyfootball says...

Checkout wrote:
Boris makes the most relevant point, it's almost always someone else who decides whether you need emergency care. As for "lack of care and skill" Le Queen, are you medically trained or proficient enough to make such a sweeping statement? Not every medical outcome is guaranteed to be resolved in a satisfactory manner. There are limits to what is possible no matter how much care and attention is given.
CGH has had a whole shed load of things go wrong but they must now be given an opportunity to put things right. The management and oversight functions seem to have gone badly astray, this is what needs the most urgent attention and all those associated with this failure should either resign or be sacked. Any medical or other staff who under-performed or were negligent need to be identified too and be asked to leave also. From what I've seen and experienced, that will not prove to be very many at all.
I agree with some of what you say, except the phrase "Not every medical outcome is guaranteed to be resolved in a satisfactory manner" hardly any in the case of this apology for a hospital! This is negligence of duty, as for not many needed to be asked to leave your experiences of this hell hole can not be recent? My father recently spent tem weeks in their and the experiences are appalling, Coutts and PALS did not want to talk to me!
[quote][p][bold]Checkout[/bold] wrote: Boris makes the most relevant point, it's almost always someone else who decides whether you need emergency care. As for "lack of care and skill" Le Queen, are you medically trained or proficient enough to make such a sweeping statement? Not every medical outcome is guaranteed to be resolved in a satisfactory manner. There are limits to what is possible no matter how much care and attention is given. CGH has had a whole shed load of things go wrong but they must now be given an opportunity to put things right. The management and oversight functions seem to have gone badly astray, this is what needs the most urgent attention and all those associated with this failure should either resign or be sacked. Any medical or other staff who under-performed or were negligent need to be identified too and be asked to leave also. From what I've seen and experienced, that will not prove to be very many at all.[/p][/quote]I agree with some of what you say, except the phrase "Not every medical outcome is guaranteed to be resolved in a satisfactory manner" hardly any in the case of this apology for a hospital! This is negligence of duty, as for not many needed to be asked to leave your experiences of this hell hole can not be recent? My father recently spent tem weeks in their and the experiences are appalling, Coutts and PALS did not want to talk to me! totallyfootball
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10:34pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Harry-Brown says...

what next?
when does it stop...full stop
theres posters all over that hospital talking about abuse to staff showing handcuffs or a stethoscope?
its obvious that there is more harm done to patients than there is staff being treated badly by patients.
is there posters in the staff room about patient abuse??????
when is it going to stop
stuff your unions and your protection
when are you going to stop treating us badly as patients?
what next? when does it stop...full stop theres posters all over that hospital talking about abuse to staff showing handcuffs or a stethoscope? its obvious that there is more harm done to patients than there is staff being treated badly by patients. is there posters in the staff room about patient abuse?????? when is it going to stop stuff your unions and your protection when are you going to stop treating us badly as patients? Harry-Brown
  • Score: -1

10:36pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Harry-Brown says...

stevedawson wrote:
Something needs to be done.having to move counties to escape colchester a&e is just not on.
you sound like a bloke who knows whats what
what the hell is goin on around here?
[quote][p][bold]stevedawson[/bold] wrote: Something needs to be done.having to move counties to escape colchester a&e is just not on.[/p][/quote]you sound like a bloke who knows whats what what the hell is goin on around here? Harry-Brown
  • Score: -1

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