The family of a mum-of-three who died in hospital have blasted management for their lack of “sincere apology” – because they missed SEVEN chances to diagnose her.
Sian Hollands, 25, died from a pulmonary embolism the day after being admitted to hospital, with the NHS Trust in charge accepting it missed missed seven chances to correctly diagnose her.
Sian was admitted into Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, Kent on November 14, and tragically died the next day.
Sister Ebony Hollands, 22, of Erith, south east London, isn’t satisfied with the way she and her family have been treated by the Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, following her sister’s death.
She said: “The hospital do not seem to be helping.
“They should have noticed, they took no test and we now feel the death certificate needs to be changed.
“What I wanted from the hospital was a sincere apology but they just laughed at us like it wasn’t happening.
“I don’t want to do this, I don’t want to make it a public thing but if it’s going to get my family justice I am going to do it.
“I just want my sister‘s story to be told so no one else has to suffer.
“Her kids ask, ‘Where’s mum? When’s mum coming home?'”
The family formally requested to speak with the trust’s CEO Susan Acott on May 20, but were forced to wait until just two weeks ago to meet her.
But Sian’s mother Nicola Smith, 46, was left with further disappointment after she felt the CEO did not deal with the questions surrounding her daughter‘s death.
She said: “I got the impression they think that because they put their hand up we should go away.
“But I can’t, I have Sian’s three little children who will need answers as to why their mum is not here for them.”
A spokeswoman for the trust said: “The Trust is very sorry for the family’s loss and have carried out a detailed investigation.
“However, the case has yet to be heard by the coroner, so the cause of death and any relationship to earlier events have not been confirmed.
“The Trust does accept that there were missed opportunities to diagnose Sian correctly and changes have already been implemented following the investigation.”
Sian Hollands’ inquest date has been scheduled for September 15 at Gravesend Old Town Hall.