A hospital investigation has been launched after a patient with terminal cancer was sent home with the wrong medication.
John Clarke, a 31-year-old man, claimed he had been discharged from Royal Preston Hospital with four types of medication that were incorrect.
When John got home he had checked the tablets he was given online and quickly realised that it was the wrong medication.
After John lodged a complaint the hospital began looking into the details of how the mix up managed to happen.
The Lancashire Evening Post reported that John,’couldn’t believe someone could make such a mistake’ and that ‘one of the drugs was for treating Parkinson’s Disease and another for restless legs syndrome.’
Gail Naylor, director of nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals said, ‘The safety and wellbeing of our patients is our top priority so we take all incidents and reports of errors very seriously.
‘We record and investigate all of these to ensure that we understand what went wrong and how we can learn from them. Whilst it would not be appropriate for us to comment on an individual case, we can confirm that we are currently carrying out a full and thorough review regarding a medication incident.
‘We have already been in contact with those concerned to rectify any mistakes and will report the findings of the review to them as soon as this is completed.’