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PHA: Patient Got Proper Care Before Discharge

An internal investigation by the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) has revealed that the officials at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) did not err in their decision to discharge a male patient who has since accused them of kicking him out of the hospital.

In a press release sent Friday PHA officials confirmed that Tamario Hepburn was admitted to hospital on Monday December 3, 2012 after receiving injuries in an altercation with another individual.

The release also said that Mr. Hepburn underwent surgery and was subsequently placed on Male Surgical Ward One where he was receiving treatment up to the time of his departure.

“Prior to his discharge Mr. Hepburn left the ward on two separate occasions on his own recognisance, putting himself at further risk of injury,” they added. “During his stay in hospital, Mr. Hepburn also lodged a complaint with the Patient Relations Department, which contacted the ward on his behalf.

“On the day he was to be released Mr. Hepburn was seen by the doctor who gave him his discharge letter, a prescription and a follow-up appointment for clinic on Tuesday December 11, 2012. Before he was released the doctor ordered a cast change and called a porter to assist Mr. Hepburn, who left the ward before the porter arrived, making his way to the Cast Room on his own.”

Mr. Hepburn, who was in hospital and received surgery for two fractured arms, reported that he was kicked out of the hospital after complaining about the poor service he was receiving.

He said when he was released from hospital he was still in a lot of pain and also still had the IV attached to his arm.

According to PHA officials, there was some concern among doctors and nurses at PMH that Mr. Hepburn was hostile towards staff during his stay in hospital.

“It is the position of the Princess Margaret Hospital that Mr. Hepburn received the required care for his injuries while in hospital, and that upon his discharge the adequate follow-up was prescribed,” the release continued.

“The Public Hospitals Authority is committed to the delivery of best quality healthcare as well as the safety and security of its patients, staff and visitors alike. The PHA takes grave exception to any staff member being threatened in the performance of his or her duties.”

Written by Jones Bahamas

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