Kapi-Mana News : July 23rd 2013
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They are the team to call if you need any of the following: + General accounting & taxation services + Specialist taxation advice, including assistance with IRD debt management issues + Assistance with insolvency issues, and the need to restructure. Accountants you can trust E: email@example.com Unit 4, 73 Kenepuru Drive Porirua Wheeler's Guardian FUNERAL HOME NORTH CITY Mothers rage at hospital errors By CHLOE WINTER Under fire: Kenepuru Community Hospital, the target of complaints from two mothers. Photo: KRIS DANDO Two mothers are outraged by the quality of care they received at Kenepuru Community Hospital. The hospital was reluctant to discuss either case, despite having received permission from one mother concerned to do so, and said it had no concerns about the performance of its medical staff. Cannons Creek mother Jen Brown said she was furious with one doctor after a recent mis- diagnosis of her 20-month-old baby. Her son, Ngaziah, developed a rash after an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease at his playcentre. Miss Brown said she took him to Kenepuru Hospital and explained the outbreak to the doctor. [The doctor] pulled the blanket up, looked at his leg that had the rash on it and then she just looked at me and said, I have no doubt this is an allergic reaction to something'.'' Miss Brown said she asked the doctor to examine Ngaziah prop- erly at least four times, but was sent home with a prescription for antihistamine and Pamol. She returned to Kenepuru two days later, saw a different doctor and Ngaziah was diagnosed as having hand, foot and mouth dis- ease. He was rushed to Wellington Hospital, where he spent three days in isolation before recover- ing. It's gut-wrenching and really frustrating for us to have to go through all that,'' Miss Brown said. She has complained officially to the hospital and Capital and Coast District Health Board. They are playing God with peo- ple's lives and that's just not right, and no excuse is really good enough.'' She said she hoped her com- plaint would make Kenepuru Hos- pital review its procedures so fur- ther incidents could be prevented. Plimmerton mother-of-one Jes- sica said she had a traumatic experience at Kenepuru Hospital after she miscarried last Novem- ber. She said her eyes were rolling back and she was losing blood. I was terrified because I thought I was dying. I couldn't keep awake and couldn't keep my eyes open. I just kept thinking, Please listen to me'.'' Jessica said the nurse told her she was just traumatised and needed to go home. She eventually saw a doctor and was rushed to Wellington Hospital because she was losing so much blood. Jessica said she almost needed a blood transfusion. She said she did not make a for- mal complaint because she was grieving and it was not her pri- mary concern at the time. She would return to Kenepuru Hospital only if something hap- pened to her son and they could not make it to Wellington in time. I definitely wouldn't go there for the same thing again, and I wouldn't go there if I was really scared, because I just don't think they take you seriously,'' she said. Dr Jean Kelly, the clinical leader at Kenepuru's Accident and Medical Centre, said in a state- ment provided to Kapi-Mana News the hospital was always happy to discuss concerns patients or family members had with the care they received. The Accident and Medical Cen- tre in Kenepuru Hospital is staf- fed by highly skilled and dedicated clinicians, who take patient care very seriously, and we have no concerns about their perform- ance,'' Dr Kelly said. Kapi-Mana News wanted to inquire about Kenepuru Hos- pital's complaints processes, about what systems had been put in place to prevent such scenarios happening again, about nurses' roles at the hospital and whether there were any concerns about the performances of doctors and nur- ses. Kenepuru Hospital spokes- woman Kim Whitaker said she would not answer further ques- tions, despite Miss Brown having given permission for the hospital to discuss her son's case. I won't be answering any more thanwhatIhavegivenyou. . .I don't have to answer those ques- tions, to be honest, and some of them I don't think are appropriate to be answered.'' Kapi-Mana News reported in 2010 and 2011 two incidents in which misdiagnoses at Kenepuru Hospital resulted in one death and one near-death.
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