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Nurse quizzed as dad dies of chest infection

PUBLISHED: 17:32 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:37 25 August 2010

GRIEVING: Daughter Ruth said the family believed her father was

GRIEVING: Daughter Ruth said the family believed her father was

A NURSE faces a disciplinary following the death of a man admitted to hospital with a common chest infection.

A NURSE faces a disciplinary following the death of a man admitted to hospital with a common chest infection.

Derek Sauter, 60, from Sidcup, was taken to Queen Mary's Hospital (QMS) with a chest infection and died just 22 hours later.

His nurse, Caroline Lowe, who was in charge of care for the much-loved granddad, no longer works for the NHS Trust and awaits a hearing by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) over allegations of negligence.

Mr Sauter's grieving daughter Ruth, 39, said that they were reassured that her father would recover but arrived at hospital on June 28 to be told he had died.

Miss Sauter said: "We had no inkling what would happen that weekend.

"We had been led to believe that after 24 to 48 hours of intravenous antibiotics he would be home.

"I spoke to him on the Friday and he was fine and said he would be out on Monday.

"Even the consultant said she was shocked he died."

The mother-of-two claims her father was put in a room where there weren't the appropriate monitors for his oxygen levels.

He had been admitted with a chest infection that he often got as a result of suffering with the illness Satcoidosis.

He had suffered from the illness for 27 years and it was treatable by steroids.

His cause of death was given as Sarcoidosis, Pneumonia and Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Paying tribute to her father, Miss Sauter added: "All I can say is that he was the most amazing father. He had many friends. He was a true gentleman. He was very much loved. I am on my own with two children and he was my lifeline."

At an internal investigation, Nurse Lowe was unable to account for her actions in relation to Mr Sauter's care.

A date for an NMC hearing was yet to be set at the time of going to press.

In a letter to the family on August 15, former chief executive of the Trust, Kate Grimes wrote: "I can tell you that the nurse in question is no longer employed by the Trust.

"Nurse Lowe was unable to put forward any defence for her actions or omissions. We are in the process of reporting her to the NMC."

A spokesperson for QMS said: "We cannot comment on individual cases. QMS NHS Trust takes staff conduct very seriously and issues of patient welfare are investigated promptly and dealt with as appropriate."

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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