Anger after Sheffield OAP is left 43 hours without care

Nina Brandreth and son Kieth Doherty. Nina Brandreth and son Kieth Doherty.
Nina Brandreth and son Kieth Doherty. Nina Brandreth and son Kieth Doherty.
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A SON whose claims his housebound 81-year-old mother was left without vital care for nearly two days after she was discharged from hospital is demanding answers from Sheffield Council.

Keith Doherty, aged 58, says his mum Nina Brandreth, who suffers from dementia, diabetes and mobility problems, was visited by carers just once in 43 hours - instead of the usual eight times.

He said she was not washed or given food or medication from 4pm on Tuesday until a social worker visited her home in Scarborough Road, Darnall at 11am on Thursday, meaning she was left alone all day on Wednesday.

Mr Doherty, a driver for Sheffield Council, said his mum normally had four daily visits from Council care agency Care 4 You.

He said: “It’s abominable. When I found out about this I was speechless. She was left once for 14 hours without care and that was bad enough but this is terrible.”

Mr Doherty said his mother’s care package was suspended when she was admitted to hospital.

But on her release he understood she would be receiving her usual four visits.

He said registered carers were needed to get his mum up and washed and give her food and medication.

He said: “It is inexcusable.

“Something serious could have happened - they could have found her dead.”

Mr Doherty said his mum had two visits the day she left hospital, one at 4pm the next day and then nothing until she was discovered by a social worker - 43 hours later.

He said in her heyday his mum was a singer performing at clubs across the county.

Eddie Sherwood, Sheffield Council’s director of care and support, said: “Some of the services this lady should have received were missed, and for this we are sincerely sorry.

“This is not acceptable.

We are taking this matter very seriously indeed, and have launched an investigation. I don’t want to pre-empt the results of that investigation, but it is important to say that our priority is always the welfare of our service users.”