Hospital pensioner to get investigation

IPSWICH Hospital has confirmed it will be investigating after an 84-year-old man was sent home in his bed clothes at 2am.

IPSWICH Hospital has confirmed it will be investigating after an 84-year-old man was sent home in his bed clothes at 2am.

A letter of complaint from Raymond Rowe's family has been answered by the hospital and asks for Mr Rowe's permission for an investigation to go ahead.

The family today said it was happy “wheels are turning” and was keen to find out what was behind the treatment.

The hospital originally apologised through The Evening Star and in a letter to Mr Rowe's son Trevor said it was grateful the family raised their concerns and gave the hospital a chance to address them.

In the letter, from the hospital's chief executive Andrew Reed, the hospital asks for a consent form to be completed by Raymond Rowe, of Robin Drive, in order for the matter to be investigated further.

Raymond Rowe, a heart patient, was woken and sent home from hospital in a cab wearing pyjamas, a dressing gown and slippers on Tuesday, February 13, after being taken in the previous day.

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His stunned wife Joan, also 84, got a call from him at 1.45am, saying he was on his way home.

Trevor Rowe, of Bramford, said: “The letter came a week after we sent ours.

“There's still no written apology but we are happy at least to know the wheels are turning and there will be an investigation.

“I guess we just wait to see what happens now.”

N What do you think of Raymond Rowe's story? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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