Husband criticises hospital care after wife dies from wasp sting

  • July 8, 2019
  • A Tenbury Wells man has criticised Hereford hospital’s care for his wife after she died from a wasp sting earlier this year.

    An inquest in Hereford on 24 June 2019, heard that last summer Mrs Madeline Hammond was stung by a wasp at home. Her husband Geoffrey said that although his wife initially seemed fine, she collapsed 10 minutes later and an ambulance was called – it did not arrive until 40 minutes later.

    Hospital treatment

    Mrs Hammond was taken to Hereford County Hospital and was admitted to ITU, where it was confirmed that she had suffered a cardiac arrest. Mrs Hammond later received treatment for aspiration pneumonia and a hypoxic brain injury resulting from anaphylactic shock. Whilst in hospital, she also developed C.Difficile, pressure ulcers and hospital acquired pneumonia.
    Her condition continued to deteriorate and eventually the difficult decision to agree to end of life care was made. Mrs Hammond died in January this year.

    Mr Hammond said that he was not happy with the care his wife received at the hospital – he said that “she was moved from one ward to another”, on one occasion being moved to the stroke ward where there was no bed for, so she was left in a corridor for more than half an hour before returning to her previous ward.

    He said he was very upset at the care she received, and criticised staffing levels.

    Pneumonia, anaphylactic shock and brain injury caused death

    The Assistant Coroner for Herefordshire concluded that Mrs Hammond had died as a result of pneumonia, hypoxic brain injury and anaphylactic shock and recorded a verdict of accidental death.

    Expert opinion

    Elizabeth Wickson, solicitor with Medical Accident Group said: “This is a very upsetting case, particularly in relation to the nature of the initial injury itself. I hope that changes are implemented by Hereford County Hospital to improve the quality of care offered to patients.”

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