A household have been instructed their mum died of dementia throughout lockdown, solely to find later that she had in truth contracted coronavirus.
Sisters Shirley Barrett and Liz Perry, from Derby, stated it was solely throughout a gathering with the registrar to rearrange their mum’s loss of life certificates that they found the ‘surprising’ information.
The pair stated a number of weak family members visited their mum, Henrietta Blackwood, in hospital within the days earlier than she died and fearful they might have been uncovered to the virus.
The 84-year-old handed away on Could 7 on the Royal Derby Hospital the place bosses have apologised for not promptly telling the household Henrietta had examined constructive. They are saying the check outcomes didn’t come again till after she’d died.
Shirley, her daughter-in-law, stated: ‘Mum had the preliminary check when she was within the care house and that got here again destructive after which her well being went down hill and he or she went into hospital and, as a matter in fact, they did one other one.
‘The hospital stated it was solely a matter of time that we’d be shedding her, so that they stated household might go to, 14 of us went to go to together with one which was pregnant, I couldn’t go together with my husband as a result of we have been shielding.’
The sisters say it was a ‘slap within the face’ to study that coronavirus had performed a component of their mum’s loss of life ‘from a stranger.’
Liz, 57, stated: ‘We heard from the registrar that our mum had died of Covid-19, it was a shock and it had a knock-on impact.
‘As a part of our tradition we balm them after they’ve handed away and also you take care of them and get them dressed, clearly that couldn’t occur – you may’t even see the physique.
‘No one had instructed us, all of us went to go to – one is pregnant, one works in a care house – and no one is telling anyone something, it was a horrible expertise.’
The sisters stated the virus has affected many family and friends in Derby and the encompassing space.
Liz added: ‘We all know that fairly a number of black individuals in Derby which have handed away and it has been actually troublesome, the entire group is grieving.
‘We’ve received household in Rugby who’ve misplaced family members, so it’s solely over the telephone that we are able to supply help, as a result of you may’t go and see them, you may solely supply sympathy.’
The ladies are actually planning a memorial service for his or her mum however say what they do will rely on the Authorities tips in place on the time.
Cathy Winfield, government chief nurse on the Royal Derby Hospital, stated: ‘I’d like to supply my honest condolences to Mrs Blackwood’s household for his or her loss.
‘It’s actually essential to us that we’re capable of hold our sufferers and their family members knowledgeable all through every stage of their care, however sadly, restrictions throughout Covid-19 have made this harder than regular.
‘Mrs Blackwood’s household ought to have been made conscious that every one of our sufferers are routinely swabbed for Covid-19 when they’re first admitted to hospital.
‘We must always have additionally knowledgeable them that their mom’s check had returned as constructive however, as this consequence didn’t come again till after she had handed away, we didn’t promptly talk this info to the household, for which we’re very sorry.’
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