Lung disease sufferer ends up in hospital after delay over medication

John Patterson's partner Shirley Rossiter is in hospital after doctors failed to deliver her COPD medication.
John Patterson's partner Shirley Rossiter is in hospital after doctors failed to deliver her COPD medication.

A concerned man claims his partner end up in hospital after her medication was not delivered.

John Patterson’s partner Shirley Rossiter, who suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), landed up in hospital after the drugs did not turn up on Friday and she went the bank holiday weekend without them.

John Patterson says his partner ended up in hospital because her medication was not delivered on time.

John Patterson says his partner ended up in hospital because her medication was not delivered on time.

Shirley was diagnosed with the lung disease in 2010 and needs oxygen therapy 24 hours a day.

The 66-year-old, of Brixham Crescent, Low Simonside, South Shields, is a patient at Farnham Medical Centre, in the town’s Stanhope Road.

She was admitted to hospital on Monday.

Mr Patterson, 64, said his partner, who has a 16-year-old grandson Jack, rang the doctor’s surgery on Wednesday to ask for a repeat of the medication she has to take because of her chronic condition.

I rang to ask why her medication hadn’t come, and they said there was one box of it missing, so they had to wait until they had everything ordered in before they could deliver it.

John Patterson

He said: “It always takes two days for her medication to come, and they were supposed to deliver them to the house on Friday, but they didn’t come.

“When Monday came around, she took really ill. Her breathing was heavy, and she couldn’t catch her breath. Her heart rate was up, and so was her temperature.

“She also had pains in her chest.

“She called 111 and spoke to someone, and they said they were sending an ambulance.”

Shirley was taken to South Tyneside District Hospital’s emergency assessment unit, and she remains a patient there.

John added: “I rang to ask why her medication hadn’t come, and they said there was one box of it missing, so they had to wait until they had everything ordered in before they could deliver it.

“They’re saying it’s not their fault.

“They’re now saying the medication is going to come today, but it’s too late. Shirley is in hospital now.

“We don’t know how long she’s going to be in there. It could be days or weeks.”

When contacted by the Gazette, Farnham Medical Centre did not wish to make a comment.