9th Apr 2021
Clinical treatment in hospital
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Mrs A complained about the care given to her late mother, Mrs B, who developed urosepsis while under the care of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (the Health Board). Whilst the Health Board accepted that there was a significant failing of care, meriting redress under the relevant complaint handling regulations, it was subsequently unable to locate a significant section of Mrs B’s medical records. The loss of the records meant that the Ombudsman could not investigate additional aspects of Mrs A’s complaint and, in investigating a further complaint about a separate episode of care, would have limited access to Mrs B’s clinical history.
The Ombudsman decided that it would be appropriate to try settling Ms A’s complaint. The Health Board subsequently agreed to:
The Ombudsman considered that, in the circumstances, the Health Board’s actions were reasonable. Accordingly, he regarded Ms A’s complaint about the loss of records as settled.