Patient’s central line ‘forgotten’

2015-06-17 06:00
SAMUEL MOTLUI from Botshabelo points to the central line he alleges the Mediclinic Bloemfontein did not remove when he was discharged from the hospital recently.
Sidwell Guduka

SAMUEL MOTLUI from Botshabelo points to the central line he alleges the Mediclinic Bloemfontein did not remove when he was discharged from the hospital recently. Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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“YOU have been a good patient, and now you have recovered fully. So you can go home . . .”

These words were allegedly uttered to Samuel Motlohi by one of the doctors at the Mediclinic Bloemfontein on Wednesday, 3 June.

Motlui (40), an employee of the Department of Tourism, who is known as Gandaganda, was admitted to the hospital after he suddenly fell ill while attending a function where the Free State government was officially welcoming Cuban engineers to the province at the President Hotel on 28 May. According to family members he suffered an epileptic attack.

He was immediately rushed to the private hospital for medical attention and he was admitted for a few days.

When Motlui was discharged from the hospital, the central line on his chest was allegedly not removed and he was clearly upset. “That morning the specialist told me I had recovered fully and that I should go home. But I still had this thing (central line) in my chest.

“I tried to ask the doctor to remove it, but she was not interested.

“After I had left the hospital, I decided to come straight to your offices to lodge a complaint,” Motlui told Express.

“I am upset. I feel the hospital was negligent. The hospital management owes me an apology for that. Generally, I’m happy with the overall treatment that I received while I was there, but not about what happened on my last day,” he said.

Express took Motlui back to the hospital on the same day, but we were unable to speak to the hospital management officials as they were reportedly in a meeting.

However, we sent an email to Amanda Appelgryn, patient experience manager at the Mediclinic Bloemfontein, asking her to comment on the matter.

She said Motlui was in the process of being discharged, but he left the hospital before all nursing activities had been completed, including the removal of the central line.

“The patient left the hospital without being given permission by either the treating doctor or the nursing staff.

“The case was investigated by hospital management and no need for any further steps or action against any staff member were identified,” commented Appelgryn.

“After Motlui was back at the hospital, he mentioned to the unit manager of the ward he was admitted to, that he went through the newspapers and saw that the Mediclinic was not in the newspapers for a while, so he decided to go to you to get something in the newspaper,” she claimed.

“Unfortunately, I cannot provide you with more information about the patient, due to patient confidentiality,” Appelgryn concluded


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