Elderly woman dies after Hillbrow Clinic discharge

By Jack Bloom MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health:

I am distressed by the news that 96-year-old Mrs Magdalena Maria Lumley has died after being discharged prematurely from Hillbrow Clinic following a head injury when she fell at her Jeppe home.

According to the Joburg East Express, she fell and hit her head on a table on 23 July, and was taken to the Hillbrow Clinic.

Her daughter, Ms Janice Le Roux, said that she received a call from the clinic after 6 pm. Instead of keeping her overnight for observation, they said that if she was not fetched she would sleep outside.

Nobody at the clinic gave Ms Le Roux any details about her health status and she was only given six pain killers,

Three days later she had to be taken to the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital because her condition had deteriorated. She was discharged a week later, but it has now been reported that she died on Friday 14 August.

It seems quite evident that she should never have been declared fit for discharge by the Hillbrow Clinic whose staff have been very callous in this matter.

The Gauteng Health Department should investigate this incident and ensure that clinic staff show more regard for patients, especially the elderly who are particularly vulnerable.

Mrs Lumley was well-loved and known as the “community’s granny”. My condolences to the family who are aggrieved that her death was precipitated by a bad experience with our health services.