Family left distraught by death certificate mix up of their mother who died at North Middlesex University Hospital

Charalamba Theodossiou, 90, died on January 7, 2014

Charalamba Theodossiou, 90, died on January 7, 2014

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A family has been left stressed and upset after their mother’s death certificate was filled out incorrectly.

Charalamba Theodossiou, 90, died on January 7, 2014, from a type of pneumonia that affects the lungs, at North Middlesex University Hospital in Sterling Way, Edmonton.

However, on her death certificate filled out by the hospital, her passing was dated as December 7, 2014, giving the family greater stress.

Keith Machin, Ms Theodossiou’s son-in-law, has branded the mix up as “disgusting”.

He said: “It is absolutely disgusting of the hospital to make such an error. Our family is still grieving from my mother-in-law’s death and we all could have done without such a basic mistake being made by them, it is not good enough.”

The family were only made aware of the mishap by the registrar at Enfield Borough Council.

Mr Machin added: “We have had to go through unnecessary hassle to get this changed and now finally we can lay her to rest.”

Rita Machin, of Snells Park in Edmonton, found it hard to talk about her mother’s passing but did pay tribute to her.

She said: “She was a good 90-year-old, she was still with it and was a lovely woman. She had been in and out the hospital with gout on her leg but her condition got worse. She died in my arms.”

A North Middlesex University Hospital spokesperson said: "One of our hardworking doctors mistakenly put the wrong date on the handwritten death certificate for which we apologise to the family. Fortunately the mistake was spotted and was not transferred to the official death certificate which is correct and the family can obtain copies in the normal way."

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6:13pm Thu 16 Jan 14

hopenot says...

in reply to the hospital your comment the hospital as not apologised directly to our family also there is no compassion in your wording and very flippant in the way you have answered we do understand how much pressure the doctors and nurses are under but is this not dangerous for the patient I will also bring to your attention of another blunder on your part the first night our mother was in your care in the assessment ward and her daughter stayed with her every night up to the time she passed the lady in the same ward passed away the curtain was drawn around my mother in law they was not aware her daughter was there the hard working doctors were reading my mothers notes MRS THEODOSSIOU at the lady's bedside who had passed one doctor to the other {quote MRS THEODOSSIOU AGED 90 __ MY WIFE THEN HEARD THE OTHER DOCTOR SAY BUT SHE DONT LOOK 90 UN QUOTE } thank god my mother in law did not understand English to well I am sorry but we as a family are grieving now for our mothers death and find it very hard to come to terms with these mistakes on the hospitals part and feel people should be made aware of this her daughter stayed with her mother all the time she saw and heard so many distressing things which relates to bad patient care from the north Middlesex hospital and indeed was my mother in law getting the right care as she deserved at the age of 90
in reply to the hospital your comment the hospital as not apologised directly to our family also there is no compassion in your wording and very flippant in the way you have answered we do understand how much pressure the doctors and nurses are under but is this not dangerous for the patient I will also bring to your attention of another blunder on your part the first night our mother was in your care in the assessment ward and her daughter stayed with her every night up to the time she passed the lady in the same ward passed away the curtain was drawn around my mother in law they was not aware her daughter was there the hard working doctors were reading my mothers notes MRS THEODOSSIOU at the lady's bedside who had passed one doctor to the other {quote MRS THEODOSSIOU AGED 90 __ MY WIFE THEN HEARD THE OTHER DOCTOR SAY BUT SHE DONT LOOK 90 UN QUOTE } thank god my mother in law did not understand English to well I am sorry but we as a family are grieving now for our mothers death and find it very hard to come to terms with these mistakes on the hospitals part and feel people should be made aware of this her daughter stayed with her mother all the time she saw and heard so many distressing things which relates to bad patient care from the north Middlesex hospital and indeed was my mother in law getting the right care as she deserved at the age of 90 hopenot
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10:51pm Thu 16 Jan 14

plank101 says...

How is this news?
How is this news? plank101
  • Score: 3

10:46am Fri 17 Jan 14

hopenot says...

plank101 wrote:
How is this news?
well you got something right plank how is it not news
[quote][p][bold]plank101[/bold] wrote: How is this news?[/p][/quote]well you got something right plank how is it not news hopenot
  • Score: -2

1:56pm Fri 17 Jan 14

EN1girl says...

Simple human error - someone got the date wrong. While an annoyance, it didn't change the situation and was rectified before it actually got put on the death certificate. I am sure we have all got mixed up with dates in those first few days after the start of a new year (and most of us aren't under the pressure that hospital doctors are) and can't quite see what "hassle" was involved.
Simple human error - someone got the date wrong. While an annoyance, it didn't change the situation and was rectified before it actually got put on the death certificate. I am sure we have all got mixed up with dates in those first few days after the start of a new year (and most of us aren't under the pressure that hospital doctors are) and can't quite see what "hassle" was involved. EN1girl
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3:06pm Fri 17 Jan 14

hopenot says...

not just once though but the rest will come out I only hope it don't happen to your nearest and dearest and not only dates got mixed up I wouldn't trust them with my rabbit
not just once though but the rest will come out I only hope it don't happen to your nearest and dearest and not only dates got mixed up I wouldn't trust them with my rabbit hopenot
  • Score: 0

8:32pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Enfieldian14 says...

Mistakes happen and while I appreciate the family are grieving, I think they are overreacting. Calling the error disgusting is an hysterical reaction.

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
Mistakes happen and while I appreciate the family are grieving, I think they are overreacting. Calling the error disgusting is an hysterical reaction. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Enfieldian14
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11:54am Mon 20 Jan 14

hopenot says...

Enfieldian14 wrote:
Mistakes happen and while I appreciate the family are grieving, I think they are overreacting. Calling the error disgusting is an hysterical reaction.

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
where in the hospital do you actually work
[quote][p][bold]Enfieldian14[/bold] wrote: Mistakes happen and while I appreciate the family are grieving, I think they are overreacting. Calling the error disgusting is an hysterical reaction. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.[/p][/quote]where in the hospital do you actually work hopenot
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12:18pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Enfieldian14 says...

hopenot wrote:
Enfieldian14 wrote:
Mistakes happen and while I appreciate the family are grieving, I think they are overreacting. Calling the error disgusting is an hysterical reaction.

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
where in the hospital do you actually work
I don't work for the hospital.
[quote][p][bold]hopenot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Enfieldian14[/bold] wrote: Mistakes happen and while I appreciate the family are grieving, I think they are overreacting. Calling the error disgusting is an hysterical reaction. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.[/p][/quote]where in the hospital do you actually work[/p][/quote]I don't work for the hospital. Enfieldian14
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1:14pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Andy_Pagin says...

I have to agree this does seem to be an over-reaction to a simple admin error that was corrected before it got anywhere hear the official recorded death certificate.

By the way hopenot, your complete lack of punctuation makes your initial comment almost incomprehensible, are you saying there were other serious errors?
I have to agree this does seem to be an over-reaction to a simple admin error that was corrected before it got anywhere hear the official recorded death certificate. By the way hopenot, your complete lack of punctuation makes your initial comment almost incomprehensible, are you saying there were other serious errors? Andy_Pagin
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3:03pm Mon 20 Jan 14

hopenot says...

Andy_Pagin wrote:
I have to agree this does seem to be an over-reaction to a simple admin error that was corrected before it got anywhere hear the official recorded death certificate.

By the way hopenot, your complete lack of punctuation makes your initial comment almost incomprehensible, are you saying there were other serious errors?
a few yes i.e. reading my mother in laws notes at the next bed of a lady who had just past maybe im over reacting as I said before I hope nothing like this ever happens to a loved one in other peoples family I hope you can understand my note .
[quote][p][bold]Andy_Pagin[/bold] wrote: I have to agree this does seem to be an over-reaction to a simple admin error that was corrected before it got anywhere hear the official recorded death certificate. By the way hopenot, your complete lack of punctuation makes your initial comment almost incomprehensible, are you saying there were other serious errors?[/p][/quote]a few yes i.e. reading my mother in laws notes at the next bed of a lady who had just past maybe im over reacting as I said before I hope nothing like this ever happens to a loved one in other peoples family I hope you can understand my note . hopenot
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8:53am Tue 21 Jan 14

long67 says...

hopenot wrote:
Andy_Pagin wrote:
I have to agree this does seem to be an over-reaction to a simple admin error that was corrected before it got anywhere hear the official recorded death certificate.

By the way hopenot, your complete lack of punctuation makes your initial comment almost incomprehensible, are you saying there were other serious errors?
a few yes i.e. reading my mother in laws notes at the next bed of a lady who had just past maybe im over reacting as I said before I hope nothing like this ever happens to a loved one in other peoples family I hope you can understand my note .
It would seem that punctuation marks have gone out of fashion.
[quote][p][bold]hopenot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy_Pagin[/bold] wrote: I have to agree this does seem to be an over-reaction to a simple admin error that was corrected before it got anywhere hear the official recorded death certificate. By the way hopenot, your complete lack of punctuation makes your initial comment almost incomprehensible, are you saying there were other serious errors?[/p][/quote]a few yes i.e. reading my mother in laws notes at the next bed of a lady who had just past maybe im over reacting as I said before I hope nothing like this ever happens to a loved one in other peoples family I hope you can understand my note .[/p][/quote]It would seem that punctuation marks have gone out of fashion. long67
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6:37pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Usedtoliveinenfield says...

Strange story - maybe I'm missing something. I know that after the death of someone close the smallest thing can make people angry. Sorry 'hopenot' - I found it massive hard work making sense of what you wrote.
Strange story - maybe I'm missing something. I know that after the death of someone close the smallest thing can make people angry. Sorry 'hopenot' - I found it massive hard work making sense of what you wrote. Usedtoliveinenfield
  • Score: 1

10:34pm Tue 21 Jan 14

caroline1980 says...

So the error was noticed and corrected before the final certificate was printed and has caused no delays or problems for the family receiving it - what exactly is it that has caused the disgust of the family?
So the error was noticed and corrected before the final certificate was printed and has caused no delays or problems for the family receiving it - what exactly is it that has caused the disgust of the family? caroline1980
  • Score: 0

7:40am Wed 22 Jan 14

long67 says...

caroline1980 wrote:
So the error was noticed and corrected before the final certificate was printed and has caused no delays or problems for the family receiving it - what exactly is it that has caused the disgust of the family?
We would all love to know.
[quote][p][bold]caroline1980[/bold] wrote: So the error was noticed and corrected before the final certificate was printed and has caused no delays or problems for the family receiving it - what exactly is it that has caused the disgust of the family?[/p][/quote]We would all love to know. long67
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