"My mother's cancer was not diagnosed soon enough"

About: North East London NHS Foundation Trust / Older people's mental health Whipps Cross University Hospital / Accident and emergency

(as a relative),

Although there is an enquiry ongoing, and I am apprehensive to tell her story, all I will say is that my mother's pancreatic cancer was misdiagnosed on four occasions by staff at Whipps Cross accident and emergency.

My mother at the time was a resident patient in a mental health unit suffering from depression and I believe her health concerns, pain, symptoms and extreme weight loss where not taken seriously and indeed have proof of her records which say she presented with petty health issues.

It is a long sad story which ended in my mother losing her life in pain and distress.

My faith in the hospital and indeed all the NHS departments both mental health services and medical are non existent.

I worry for my family, if they should be taken seriously ill and have to attend this hospital.

I myself have had bad experiences at Whipps Cross, but none have left myself and family with the feelings we have of loss, grief and memories of our wonderful mothers suffering.

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