Hospital probes ‘do not resuscitate’ claim

The family of Peter Swire, of Edgeway Road South Shore, were alarmed to discover that Blackpool Victoria Hospital had altered his status to 'Do Not Resuscitate' on his medical records, allegedly without consultation.'Peter recuperating at home.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'5-9-2014

The family of Peter Swire, of Edgeway Road South Shore, were alarmed to discover that Blackpool Victoria Hospital had altered his status to 'Do Not Resuscitate' on his medical records, allegedly without consultation.'Peter recuperating at home. PIC BY ROB LOCK'5-9-2014

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Hospital bosses are investigating after a diabetic patient claimed staff changed his medical records to read “do not resuscitate”.

Peter Swire, 78, says he only found out about the alleged alteration after his daughter checked his medical records.

It came after he had received CPR when his blood sugar levels went down to a dangerously low level while a patient at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Mr Swire, from Edgeway Road, South Shore, has now instructed his family to take him to Royal Preston Hospital (RPH) in future should his health deteriorate, believing he would have been “left to die” had he suffered a second attack while at the Vic.

The note on his records was discovered by his daughter Anne-Marie Wright, 48, after he had been transferred to RPH, where staff told them the status had been changed before he was moved there.

Mr Swire said: “I was disgusted because if I’d have had another attack like that they’d have just left me to die.

“I’m frightened to death if I have to go back in to BVH and I told my family I don’t want to go back there.

“I have no confidence in the hospital, the only unit I have confidence in is the cardiac unit.”

Mr Swire was admitted to the hospital on July 14 after suffering from fluid on the lungs and a suspected heart attack, but during his time there his blood sugar also dropped to the low level.

He spent a total of 32 days as an inpatient at the two hospitals.

Mr Swire was discharged on August 16 and has now made an official complaint to hospital bosses.

A spokesman for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We can confirm that we have received an official complaint from the patient and are now investigating the circumstances.

“We will respond directly to the complainant and it would not be appropriate for us to make further comment at this early stage of the investigation.”