Peterborough City Hospital apology following death of 23-year-old woman

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The family of a young woman who died at the age of 23 has received an apology from Peterborough City Hospital bosses after complaints about her care.

Kayleigh Compton died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, where she was sent after being admitted to Peterborough City Hospital in February 2013.

She had suffered severe weight loss, which lead to medical complications and admissions to a number of hospitals on a number of occasions.

She died on February 20 having collapsed six days previously.

But following Kayleigh’s death, her parents raised a number of concerns about the standard of care given by staff at Peterborough City Hospital.

The hospital eventually agreed to carry out three separate reviews into different aspects of her care.

The reviews are revealed in a letter to representatives of the parents.

The letter apologises for gaps in Kayleigh’s medical records, lack of regular weighing and recording of fluid intake and output.

It also apologises for failing to ensure a call bell was within easy reach of Kayleigh and agreed that a “do not attempt resuscitation” form had been incorrectly completed.”

A hospital spokeswoman told the Peterborough Telegraph that a coroner’s inquest into Kayleigh’s death did not question the care given by the hospital.

The coroner’s report stated Kayleigh, from Whaplode, Lincolnshire, had rejected medical advice on a number of occasions and even had discharged herself against medical advice.

Stephen Graves, chief executive at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Following concerns raised by the parents of Kayleigh Compton, who sadly died in February 2013, the trust has concluded a number of reviews into the care and treatment given to Kayleigh whilst she was an inpatient at Peterborough City Hospital.

“I am satisfied we have looked in depth at every aspect of Kayleigh’s care and where this has highlighted areas of some concern, we have apologised to Mr and Mrs Compton and implemented changes in practice as a result.

“We would again like to extend our condolences for the tragic loss of their daughter.”