A Scots great granny who suffered a heart attack and blood poisoning was horrified after she was told she was being discharged from hospital while still positive for Covid-19.
Jeanette Donnachie, 81, was told to go home and self isolate after being told she tested positive at University Hospital Wishaw’s critical care unit after suffering sepsis and a heart attack.
But her former nurse daughter Mandy says her family were shocked after health chiefs did a U-turn saying her mum did not have Coronavirus after all and wasn’t being discharged after they complained.
Mandy says her mum has been left shaken by her horror ordeal. Mum of five Mandy, 49, from Lanark, said: “It is diabolical. My mum is terrified of dying of Covid-19 and then she has to go through all this.
“Told she has it, then told she doesn’t, doctors arguing about discharging her in front of her. It has been a shambles. We were called by a nurse on Wednesday who said there had been a false positive.
“When they threatened to discharge her with Covid when they still thought she had it, we kicked off and said we were not allowing it. My mum can be quite lucid at times but has delirium at night so after all of this she doesn’t know if she is coming or going. If she didn’t have us fighting her corner she would be utterly lost.
“We have been disgusted by mum’s treatment. It is as if older people have just been thrown under the bus in the middle of a pandemic. It feels like if you are above a certain age then the health system has just given up on you.”
While her mum was unwell, Mandy was told to give her mum custard for strength by an NHS 24 medic as Jeanette’s health collapsed. She said: “I called NHS 24 over the festive period when mum was deteriorating and was told to giver her custard to make her strong.
“I don’t think they were grasping the gravity of the situation. My mum first went into hospital before Christmas as an inpatient at the Wishaw General Hospital within Critical Care after suffering an infection-induced severe heart attack.
“The whole thing has been utterly disgusting. My mum did everything for us so my sister and I are determined to fight for her. People need to know that this kind of thing is going on.”
Last night, an NHS 24 spokeswoman said: “We would request that Mrs Donnachie’s family contact NHS 24 to allow us to look into her contact with our 111 service.”
An NHS Lanarkshire spokeswoman said: “We aim to provide all our patients with the highest standards of care. We have not received any complaint from this family but are sorry if they have any concerns and would ask they get in touch with our Patient Affairs team to discuss the issues they have raised.”