Kidney patient says “wrong medicine” means he cannot have transplant

Raymond Johnston from Hasland who was on a waiting list for a replacement kidney, was given morphine despite being allergiv to it and the hospital aware. Pictured with wife Andrea
Raymond Johnston from Hasland who was on a waiting list for a replacement kidney, was given morphine despite being allergiv to it and the hospital aware. Pictured with wife Andrea
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A MAN with kidney failure claims he is not fit enough to withstand a life-changing transplant after blundering medics twice gave him drugs to which he was allergic.

Raymond Johnston, 49, is allergic to opiate-based medication - but despite the allergy being recorded clearly in his notes he claims he was given morphine for pain relief on two separate occasions at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

On both occasions Mr Johnston, from Hasland, Chesterfield, was sent into a coma and spent a week in intensive care. He says the second incident in 2009 left him with problems he is still battling today.

Mr Johnston, who was diagnosed with kidney problems as a schoolboy, said he is now not fit enough to be considered for a transplant. The news is even more frustrating since wife Andrea has been tested and found to be a match.

“If they hadn’t given me that dose, I wouldn’t be in the position I am now, not suitable for a transplant,” he said.

Mr Johnston attended Chesterfield Hospital for shoulder pain in 2003 and 2009, and each time was prescribed tablets containing morphine.

“The first time it happened I let it lie - I accepted sometimes people make mistakes,” he said. “But for it to happen again is unbelievable.

“My general condition now is not fit enough to go through a transplant, so I am still having to travel to Sheffield three times a week for dialysis.”

Mr Johnston is pursuing a claim for compensation, with Irwin Mitchell solicitors, against the hospital. “I want an apology. And I want to know this isn’t going to happen to anyone else,” he said.

A spokesman for Chesterfield Royal Hospital confirmed the matter was being looked at by its legal department.