Teen's death shows importance of St Helier

Wimbledon Guardian: Kane Gorny died at St George's Hospital Kane Gorny died at St George's Hospital

Sutton Council has said neglect by staff which led to the death of a 22-year-old from dehydration at St George's Hospital has raised the importance of saving vital services at St Helier Hospital.

In May 2009 Kane Gorny, 22, died from dehydration in St George’s after being put in a side room following an operation.

At one point, the supermarket employee who suffered from a diabetic condition which meant his kidneys were unable to conserve water, called 999 because he was so thirsty, but the police officer was turned away by hospital staff.

Last week at Westminster Coroners Court, coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe blamed a "cascade of individual failures" for his death.

She added: "Kane was undoubtedly let down by incompetence of staff, poor communication, lack of leadership, both medical and nursing, and a culture of assumption."

Following the verdict, Councillor Colin Stears, chairman of Sutton’s adult social services and health committee, said: "Sutton residents are already concerned about the prospect of having to travel all the way to Tooting in an emergency should the misguided proposal to close St Helier Hospital’s wards actually go ahead.

"This tragic death of Kane Gorny can only intensify those fears and make us all even more determined to save our local hospital."

Dr Rosalind Given-Wilson, medical director of St George’s Health Care NHS Trust, said: "We deeply regret the death of Kane Gorny and have apologised unreservedly to his family for the grief that this has caused.

"We provide safe high-quality healthcare services to over a million patients across south west London every year, but it is clear that on this occasion our services fell short of expectation in a number of respects, and for this we are profoundly sorry."

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5:17pm Mon 16 Jul 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Sutton Council is right on this matter. St. George's never wanted to merge with or take over St. Helier Hospital. This is fact as they declined to make the (awful jargon word) "bid".when invited to do so. I've done my own personal risk assessment (much loved of LFB) and my judgement on St. George's Tooting is tooooo far, tooooo risky and they've more than enough on their hands to deal with their current work load. Save our St, Helier District General Hospital as it is. For background information on these crazy cutbacks
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Sutton Council is right on this matter. St. George's never wanted to merge with or take over St. Helier Hospital. This is fact as they declined to make the (awful jargon word) "bid".when invited to do so. I've done my own personal risk assessment (much loved of LFB) and my judgement on St. George's Tooting is tooooo far, tooooo risky and they've more than enough on their hands to deal with their current work load. Save our St, Helier District General Hospital as it is. For background information on these crazy cutbacks Read more at http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2173704/Closed-casua lty-units-Shocking-t ruth-axed-A-E-wards- hour-reach-casualty. html#ixzz20nonPYLs Michael Pantlin

8:00pm Mon 16 Jul 12

lilacgeorge says...

When I left work tonight just after 5pm there was 6 LAS ambulances & 2 south east coast ambulances outside our A&E......just thought I'd mention it!

Ps My condolences are with Kane's family xxxxxxxxxx
When I left work tonight just after 5pm there was 6 LAS ambulances & 2 south east coast ambulances outside our A&E......just thought I'd mention it! Ps My condolences are with Kane's family xxxxxxxxxx lilacgeorge

2:54am Tue 17 Jul 12

Liz2076 says...

Now let me get this right. Earlier reports estimate the waiting time at St G's A&E is 30minutes before an ambalance can get back out on the road again. Therefore at 5pm on Monday evening there were 8 vehicles waiting......need I say more.
Thank you lilicgeorge for posting that info.
My heart goes out to the Kane family. No amount of apologies can compensate for the loss of their son with the appalling care he received at StG's.
Now let me get this right. Earlier reports estimate the waiting time at St G's A&E is 30minutes before an ambalance can get back out on the road again. Therefore at 5pm on Monday evening there were 8 vehicles waiting......need I say more. Thank you lilicgeorge for posting that info. My heart goes out to the Kane family. No amount of apologies can compensate for the loss of their son with the appalling care he received at StG's. Liz2076

6:02am Tue 17 Jul 12

lilacgeorge says...

Sorry should have said, I work at St Helier NOT St George's. My point was that they say we don't need our A&E, clearly we do, this wasn't a rarity - quite often when I come out from work there are loads of LAS here, indicating that we have quite a busy A&E - in fact figures recently out showed we had one of the busiest so far this year. The LAS weren't queuing up either, they were all unloaded..... :) (sorry for the misunderstanding)
Sorry should have said, I work at St Helier NOT St George's. My point was that they say we don't need our A&E, clearly we do, this wasn't a rarity - quite often when I come out from work there are loads of LAS here, indicating that we have quite a busy A&E - in fact figures recently out showed we had one of the busiest so far this year. The LAS weren't queuing up either, they were all unloaded..... :) (sorry for the misunderstanding) lilacgeorge

10:07am Tue 17 Jul 12

Liz2076 says...

Thanks lilicgeorge for clearing that misunderstanding up on my part. With the population of the borough expanding at an alarming rate A&E at St Helier is very clearly needed as recent figures showed with one of the busiest years so far. We all know this apart from the powers that be who choose to ignore this fact. St G's can only handle so many emergency admittions at one time. in an already busy area.
Thanks lilicgeorge for clearing that misunderstanding up on my part. With the population of the borough expanding at an alarming rate A&E at St Helier is very clearly needed as recent figures showed with one of the busiest years so far. We all know this apart from the powers that be who choose to ignore this fact. St G's can only handle so many emergency admittions at one time. in an already busy area. Liz2076

5:24pm Tue 17 Jul 12

lilacgeorge says...

Ahhhh, see we're slipping....tonight when I came out there was only 5 LAS there :(
Ahhhh, see we're slipping....tonight when I came out there was only 5 LAS there :( lilacgeorge

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