A GRIEVING son claims his dad died from kidney failure because a hospital couldn’t find him a bed on a specialist treatment unit.
Roy Shepherd, 60, of Queen’s Road, Pontefract, died in Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield in April but only now has his son – also called Roy – had an explanation from hospital bosses about why his dad – who had polycystic kidney disease – wasn’t found a bed on a specialist renal dialysis unit.
Mr Shepherd, 41, of St Giles View, said: “Me and my sister Amanda put in an official complaint to Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust after dad died.
“We have been waiting for six months to get answers about why he couldn’t have been transferred to St James’ Hospital in Leeds where there is a specialist unit for dialysis.
“I knew straight away he needed to go to there and I could see he wasn’t getting any better in Pinderfields.
“Finally we got a letter from Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust three weeks ago, explaining why he had not been moved. It said dad couldn’t be transferred to the renal unit at St James’ Hospital because it was full.
“From the letter we can see that while he was in Pinderfields he was turned down three times for a bed in Leeds. That is disgusting.
Mr Shepherd Sr was taken from his home by ambulance to Pinderfields on April 15 after he fell in Leeds earlier that day. He died four days later.
He had been visiting St James’ Hospital up to three times a week for kidney treatment.
His son added: “All the doctors and nurses knew him in Leeds, they were prepared for something like this to happen.
“I would like answers from St James’ because he was their patient, and under all the circumstances, they had all his medical charts.”
A spokesman for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said: “On this occasion the renal unit in Leeds were contacted four days after Mr Shepherd had been admitted to Mid Yorkshire Trust as his condition had acutely deteriorated.
“It was not possible for a bed to be made available in an appropriate time frame despite the best efforts of the renal medical and nursing team, and Mr Shepherd was therefore admitted to the critical care unit in Mid Yorkshire Trust where he received full and appropriate medical and nursing care – which included renal replacement therapy.
“It is clearly upsetting to hear that the outcome for Mr Shepherd was not good, but it is by no means certain that we would have been able to achieve a better outcome here in Leeds.”