Family’s anger over treatment of sick Ray

GRIEVING Maureen Tanner with her sons Mark and Phil. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (13637-2615)
GRIEVING Maureen Tanner with her sons Mark and Phil. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (13637-2615)

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THE family of a man believed to have died from kidney failure say a missed blood test may have led to this death.

Raymond Tanner was admitted to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, last month with crippling back pains.

Despite having a urine test in January, which showed no problems with the 41-year-old’s kidneys, his family say his death has been put down to kidney failure.

The family said they were told by a consultant that a blood test may have highlighted problems with his kidney.

An investigation has been launched by Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs QA, into the cause of Raymond’s death.

His brother Mark, 38, of Hardy Road, Farlington, said: ‘Raymond was a Type 2 diabetic and would visit his GP and QA for regular check-ups.

‘In January, he went to QA to have a routine kidney test.

‘My brother had a phobia of needles, but said he would try. He was told a urine test would be fine and his results came back clear.

Raymond, of Langley Road, Copnor, started having back pain last month.

‘He went to his GP complaining of back pain and was told he had back spasms,’ added Mr Tanner.

‘He was given painkillers and told to have a hot bath.

‘But three days later he was crying with pain, so my mum called the GP, who visited my brother at home.

‘They said he had a water infection and gave him antibiotics.’

But the pain became worse and spread from Raymond’s back, to his arms and legs, so an ambulance was called.

Paramedics checked his blood sugar levels, which were low, and he was taken to QA.

He was admitted to the observation ward at 6.15pm, on February 14. He died at about 1pm the following day.

Mr Tanner added: ‘We were told he was taken up to the renal unit at 12.15am, that there was a resuscitation team, crash team and the intensive care unit to bring him back.

‘A consultant we spoke to after my brother died said he was taken to the renal unit for dialysis, but by the time he got there he was in the later stages of kidney failure.

‘We were also told they don’t diagnose kidney failure from a urine test, it has to be from blood.’

His family say they are angry and want to know why problems with his kidney were not picked up sooner.

A trust spokesman said: ‘The trust can confirm that Mr Tanner was a patient at Queen Alexandra Hospital. His death is being investigated by the trust, therefore we cannot comment further on the case.’


HE WAS a happy-go-lucky and bubbly person.

These are the words used by Raymond Tanner’s brother Mark.

Raymond, 41, worked as a manager for shoe shop Clarks, in High Street, Gosport, and was a regular at The British Queen pub, in Queens Road, Portsmouth.

Mark said: ‘My brother was a happy-go-lucky and bubbly person.

‘I have never met anybody who had as many friends as he did. Everybody loved him.

‘We will miss him greatly.’

Tests look for different kidney problems

A KIDNEY consultant says blood and urine tests are used to look at different things.

Dr Rob Higgins, a renal consultant from Coventry, is a medical advisor for charity National Kidney Foundation.

He said: ‘A urine test will tell you one of three things – see if there is blood in the urine, if there’s a high amount of protein, or if there’s an infection.

‘A blood test sees the function of the kidney and if you’re looking for long term problems.

‘Kidney failure can happen very quickly.

‘If you have a bad kidney infection, you can go from normal kidney function, to poor, quite quickly.

‘Most diabetics are advised to go for blood tests from time to time.’