By Joe Coughlan, Native Democracy Reporter
A prisoner who died from tuberculosis was let down by medical workers who weren’t skilled to take care of his long-term well being circumstances, an ombudsman report mentioned.
Nurses of HMP Thameside, Greenwich, didn’t have Semsettin Zihni’s medical information, which affected the continuity of his care.
The 55-year-old had a collection of earlier circumstances, together with diabetes, a coronary heart situation, and kidney illness. His mobility was additionally affected as a result of arthritis in his proper knee, which he was awaiting substitute surgical procedure for on the time.
The prisoner complained to a nurse a few cough on November 6, 2019, for which he was prescribed an antibiotic. On November 10, Mr Zihni misplaced his urge for food and was monitored by nurses. He was given paracetamol and instructed to eat.
The following day, Mr Zihni’s situation worsened however he was unable to go to the jail healthcare clinic as the home block carry was damaged.
Nevertheless, the prisoner was not transferred to the unit, as the one vacant cell had no working water or electrical energy. Healthcare night time workers did nonetheless go to Mr Zihni’s cell to watch him in the course of the night time.
On November 19, Mr Zihni was reportedly in a coma and the reason for his an infection had nonetheless not been discovered.
The prisoner’s mom and son have been then delivered to the hospital. When no mind exercise was discovered, Mr Zihni’s life assist machine was turned off on November 21. He died at 4.02pm along with his household current.
A coroner concluded that Mr Zihni’s explanation for dying was miliary tuberculosis – a uncommon type of TB the place tuberculosis bacilli unfold across the physique.
The failings of medical workers on the jail have been revealed in a Jail and Probation Ombudsman report into Mr Zihni’s dying.
The scientific reviewer decided that healthcare workers wanted additional coaching to deal with prisoners with advanced, long-term medical circumstances, and that Mr Zihni’s care didn’t align with nationwide tips.
Mr Zihni was recalled into HMP Thameside on September 21, after being launched from HMP Ford on Might 4 2018. He was charged with intent to kidnap and possession of an offensive weapon.
Serco, who runs the privately-owned jail, in addition to the healthcare suppliers, the Oxleas NHS Basis Belief, have been each approached for remark.
Pictured prime: HMP Thameside, the Thamesmead jail the place Semsettin Zihni was held in 2019 (Image: Google)