"Transferring a dying patient at night is not..."
About: Pilgrim Hospital Pilgrim Hospital Boston PE21 9QS
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My 100 year old relative was brought to A&e on Friday night suffering from severe abdominal pain and bleeding.she was treated very kindly by the staff on A&e and Cdu,but unfortunately we were told nothing more could be done for her and she would be transferred to Skegness hospital for palliative care.we were told the time she would be transferred depended on the transport available however she would not be moved after 1900 .my relative passed away early this morning and I was told she did not arrive at Skegness until 2100 last night and was cold when she got there.as she was late arriving she was not seen by a doctor at Skegness which has caused issues with death certification and may lead to an unnecessary post Mortem on someone who was 100 years old.as my relatives death was imminent,surely the kindest thing would have been to allow her to remain at pilgrim instead of dragging her out in the cold and driving her 24 miles to Skegness? I understand the hospital is always short of beds but it looks like once you've reached the stage that nothing more can be done for you they want your bed and will boot you out whatever your age or time of night. What was already a distressing time has been made so much worse thanks to this and a formal complaint will be made...so much for dying with dignity..