In 2007 when Paul Richards was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma his family were stunned by the news. Paul was fit, healthy and had a happy family and work life. Paul began treatment which was progressing well and his family were slowly adjusting to Paul’s diagnosis. Everyone was hopeful.
An admission to hospital however was to cost Paul his life and change his family forever.
On the 22nd July 2007, Paul Richards and Baljit Singh (both inpatients on the same ward) died as a result of being given lethal accidental overdoses of Amphotericin, a highly toxic anti-fungal drug often used during chemotherapy.
This powerful film is based on the testimony of Lisa, Paul’s wife who gives a moving account of the events that led to Paul’s death and explores the effects on their family.
Paul’s Story is accompanied by a short film that explores and analyses the multiple organisational and human factors that contributed to this avoidable error and questions the systems we use to “alert” hospitals to such hazards.
Organisational subscribers to PATIENTSTORIES will automatically receive this film and the accompanying facilitators guide. Non-subscribers can buy the DVD version of the film on our website.