Had one Leg… Now has None !



An aged care facility that didn't provide reasonable care after a one-legged man ended up having his other leg amputated has apologised.

Radius Residential Care has released a statement in response to the Health and Disability Commissioner's finding that the facility did not provide services with "reasonable care and skill".

The 70-year-old man was admitted to respite care at Radius St Winifred's Hospital in Christchurch in May 2012 for 18 days.

His left leg had previously been amputated below the knee and his right foot had two chronic wounds on his big toe and heel which had been managed by district nurses.

Two days after his discharge from St Winifred's, the man was admitted to hospital with gangrene of his right big toe, and his right leg had to be amputated above the knee.

Managing Director Brien Cree at Radius Residential said he was "truly sorry".

"Firstly, I want to say that what occurred is a real tragedy for this man and his family and we do take this situation very seriously.

"This gentleman presented with severe medical complications, had previously lost a leg to diabetes and we should have picked up that it wasn't respite care that he needed, it was hospitalisation at the DHB hospital level, and we did fail him in that regard - for that oversight I'm truly sorry.

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