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NHS Grampian criticised over Dr Gray's patient left incapacitated

NHS Grampian has been criticised by the public services ombudsman for failures in monitoring a patient who was left "profoundly incapacitated".

The ombudsman said the man was left with speech and walking difficulties.

The patient, identified as Mr A, was admitted to Dr Gray's Hospital in Elgin suffering from sepsis, alcohol withdrawal and possible malnutrition.

He was treated, but sodium levels in his blood rose too quickly after not being reviewed or adjusted.

'Apologise unreservedly'

NHS Grampian was told to apologise for the serious impact it had on the man's health and quality of life.

An NHS Grampian spokeswoman said: "We have accepted the ombudsman's recommendations and will implement them in full.

"This report will be shared in full with the relevant clinical staff.

"We will apologise unreservedly to the family for the areas where our care has fallen short of the high standards we would expect."

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