CHESTERFIELD, VA (WRIC) — A Chesterfield woman tells 8News she suffered from two seizures after emergency room staff at Chippenham Hospital did not give her the proper medication.
29-year-old Chelsea Hodges suffers from Unverricht-Lundborg disease, a rare genetic and progressive form of epilepsy.
She now lives in a group home and has to take 50 pills throughout the day.
On May 11, she was rushed to the emergency room at Chippenham Hospital due to complications, and her group home made sure her medication list was with her.
But Hodges said the ER staff failed to give her the proper – and necessary – medication.
“It was frustrating,” Hodges said. “They make you wait and wait and wait before you get your medication.”
Her mom, Judy Hodges said when her daughter was admitted, she went looking for her. She said over the next 24 hours there was a miscommunication on where Chelsea was admitted and she did not receive the proper medication.
After Chelsea was released, Chippenham hospital sent an apology letter and also sent 8News a statement Friday afternoon, saying:
“Our hospital strives to provide the highest level of care to all of our patients while ensuring their health and safety. The process by which our Emergency Department administers home medications is decided on a case by case basis, per an individual patient’s treatment plan and under the guidance of a trusted medical provider. We value all concerns and feedback brought to our attention by patients as these allow us to further enhance our services and provide a better experience above all else.”
Chelsea Hodges said she feels this is not enough.
“It hindered my health and it killed brain cells,” she said.
She said she believes this puts others at risk and patients like her with medical conditions should receive their required medication when they need it.
“Let’s have patient-centered care, not just dollar-centered care,” J. Hodges said. “Chelsea didn’t choose to have Unverricht-Lundborg disease. People didn’t choose to have diabetes or depression and they need help and we need to help them and the system is broken.”