Scandal of healthy grandmother who died in hospital after going without food for seven days
A healthy, active grandmother died in hospital after she was denied food and water for more than a week.
Joan Pertoldi, 76, was put on a nil-by-mouth regime while she waited for a routine hip operation at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Welwyn Garden City.
Her family was told she would be operated on within 48 hours but the procedure was put off three times – twice because the prosthesis due to be inserted into the joint was not properly sterilised.
Other delays occurred because there weren’t enough staff at weekends.
The operation eventually went ahead eight days after she was admitted but, severely weakened, Mrs Pertoldi never recovered and died in hospital a few weeks later.
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