NWRHA: Elderly man was treated and discharged; left on his own accord

The  North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) has launched an investigation into the death of an elderly man on the ground outside the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.

However, the NWRHA says initial reports indicate that the man was treated and discharged and left on his own accord.

The following is the statement from the NWRHA.

"The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) wishes to state that a full investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Christopher Phillip at the Port of Spain General Hospital today, June 7th, 2017.

Preliminary reports indicate that Mr Phillip was brought into the hospital yesterday evening via ambulance and was seen at the Accident and Emergency Department.

He was treated following all protocols of care and was later discharged.

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Subsequently, Mr Phillip was seen lying on the floor outside the department and was assisted by members of staff back into the department to be seen a second time.

Mr Phillip then left on his own accord. His body was later discovered on the front lawn of the hospital’s compound.

The NWRHA is deeply disturbed by this event and extends sincere condolences to his relatives.

We would like to assure them and members of the public that every effort is being made to complete the investigation within the shortest timeframe. 

The NWRHA remains committed to the provision of quality and compassionate health care to all."