Lennox House care home accused of neglecting terminal cancer patient Mohamed Sheikh

Haringey Independent: Mohamed Sheikh (left), of Newlyn Road, Tottenham, died of cancer at the age of 68 Mohamed Sheikh (left), of Newlyn Road, Tottenham, died of cancer at the age of 68

The niece of a man who died of cancer has accused a nursing home of neglecting his needs.

Sajda Mughal claims her uncle Mohamed Sheikh, of Newlyn Road, Tottenham was let down by staff at Lennox House care home, in Islington.

Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group (HCCG) also came under fire for failing to act following complaints from the family.

The 30-year-old said her uncle, who died on November 26 at the age of 68, was made to suffer unnecessarily in the months before he died.

The care home has disputed the accusations and said some of her claims are unsubstantiated.

Mrs Mughal said: “He was forced into the nursing home at the end of August by the commissioning group - before he was ready to leave hospital.

“Then the staff at the home didn’t feed him properly or give him water. He also wasn’t bathed regularly and was left unattended for long periods of time.

“He was a very sick and vulnerable man and he was completely let down by the people who were supposed to be looking after him.”

The 30-year-old, who lives in Wood Green, said she complained to staff at the nursing home and the HCCG repeatedly but was constantly ignored.

When her uncle’s condition got worse in the middle of November she moved him to Whittington Hospital.

According to Mrs Mughal, doctors at the hospital acknowledged that her uncle was dehydrated due to a breakdown in his care package.

She said: “We feel so completely let down by the staff and really frustrated at the attitude towards my uncle.

“He worked hard all his life and this was no way for him to die.

“I wrote down all out complaints in black and white and still nobody did anything to help.”

A spokesman from Care UK, which runs Lennox House care home, said its staff provide compassionate and high quality care.

She said: “The team at the home worked hard to ensure they respected Mr Sheikh’s desire to maintain his independence, for example by choosing what he preferred to eat and to take trips outside the home.

“None of the complaints made to us by Mr Sheikh’s family member has been substantiated.”

The nursing home is working to see whether any of the complaints lodged in this case require any further action.

A clinical commissioning group spokesman said it could not comment on the issues until a full investigation had been conducted.

She said: “We are very sorry to hear about these concerns.

“We have spoken to Mr Sheikh’s family and advised them how they can make a formal complaint so that their concerns can be fully investigated and responded to.”

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