‘Where we believe we could have improved Mrs DeSilva’s experience with us, we have acted’ KEMH
Allan DeSilva claims his wife Silvia came out of King Edward VII Memorial Hospital at the end of last year with problems she hadn't gone in with.
Mrs DeSilva, 71, is diabetic and was admitted for pain management in August. According to her husband, she was expecting a two or three day stay but ending up there for three months.
He alleges that she went into insulin shock on August 26 due to a lack of food and that she developed preventable pressure sores on her feet and body.
The 77-year-old also claims his wife was given medication which caused her to start having delusions. “It made her see things and be fearful of caregivers,” he said. “She wanted nothing to do with nurses or doctors.
“For three weeks I continuously asked for a medication list. Eventually I got the list. I went home and looked on the internet as to all of her medications that she was on.
“I noticed that she was on three medications that she shouldn't be on.”
Mr DeSilva says the hospital then prescribed his wife medicine to treat Alzheimer's Disease, though he had no idea that had been diagnosed and was convinced she was simply on the wrong cocktail of drugs.
“This was not my wife of 50 years,” he said. “She's never been like this. My words to the doctor were 'if you were on the medications that my wife was on, you would have dementia'.”
He said when his wife stopped taking the three drugs he had identified, she returned to her normal self.
Mrs DeSilva was discharged from the hospital on December 2 but returned to the emergency room the next day due to pressure sores.
Mr DeSilva, who has formed a new group for dissatisfied patients of KEMH, said he complained to the hospital but had not received a satisfactory response.
A Bermuda Hospitals Board spokeswoman said: “We met with Mr DeSilva in September and December to address the issues
The Royal Gazette has provided to us as his complaint.
“Where we believe we could have improved Mrs DeSilva's experience with us, we have acted, but the allegations as provided to us by
The Royal Gazette do not reflect the subsequent discussion and follow-up which took place at the time and after we met with Mr DeSilva.”