The Northern Health Trust has been asked to apologise to the family of an 87-year-old patient for failings in care and treatment at Causeway Hospital.
THE Northern Health Trust has apologised to the family of an 87-year-old man who was not told he had terminal lung cancer until three weeks after the diagnosis was made.
He found out only when admitted to A&E two days before Christmas in 2015. He died having never left hospital on January 4, 2016.
However, the patient had received a scan almost a month earlier and the results were known three days later.
The niece of the unidentified patient complained to the Public Services Ombudsman that as a consequence of the delay he was denied the opportunity to spend valuable time with his family.
The ombudsman's investigator identified failings around the delay in diagnosing the patient.
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