QEQM apologises after sending patient's possessions to relatives of dead person
A hospital is under fire for losing a patient's possessions -
and sending them to a dead man's family by mistake.
Cabbie Gerald Young (pictured right) went in for a routine
operation and was discharged wearing NHS pyjamas and without his
house keys, bank cards, driving licence and clothes.
They were bundled up and mistakenly labelled as the belongings
of Allan Garrott, who died at the same hospital three days after
After a month in storage they were handed to Allan's mystified
son Nathan - while his 63-year-old father's real possessions are
Both families are now fuming at the mix-up at the Queen
Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital (QEQM) in Margate.
Dad-of-two Gerald, 48, says a less trustworthy person could have
easily burgled his house or looted his bank account.
And Nathan is still trying to find his dad's belongings -
although his mobile phone has been mysteriously used repeatedly
since his death.
Gerald said: "The hospital is refusing to admit they've done
anything wrong but they clearly lost my stuff.
"I left wearing hospital pyjamas and had to be picked up by a
"But it turns out they'd managed to send my wallet, house keys,
jeans and shirt to a complete stranger.
"Thankfully Nathan has been in touch and it turns he is an
"But in the wrong hands I could have been burgled or had money
taken from my bank. It's shocking."
The QEQM Hospital in
Margate, where the mix-up occurred
Gerald says his belongings went missing as he was moved between
three different wards during his week-long stay at the hospital at
the beginning of January.
He had been admitted for a leg infection and a blood clot and
last saw his valuables when he arrived in the third unit.
Nathan, 28, of Gillingham, said: "I went to the hospital to pick
up my dad's things and the keys to his flat and was given two clear
plastic bags with his name on them.
"One contained his jacket and nothing else apart from his bank
card and in the other was all this stuff that wasn't his.
"He (Gerald) was perfectly alive and well on the phone, but far from happy with the hospital" – Allan's son Nathan
"There was another
bloke's wallet with his bank cards and driving licence, the keys to
his house, his jeans, belt, slippers and shirt and his taxi
"There was more than enough there for a burglar to do some
Honest Nathan first thought the property belonged to another
dead man - until he tracked down grateful Gerald.
"He was perfectly alive and well on the phone, but far from
happy with the hospital," said Nathan.
"I'm going to get his things back to him - but in the meantime
most of dad's stuff is still missing, including a chain he wore
around his neck with two family rings on it.
"His mobile phone's also missing - and we've found out that
since his death it was used from the 12th to the 27th."
A spokesman for East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation
Trust said: "We wholeheartedly apologise to Mr Young and are
investigating what happened to make sure such a mistake cannot
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