Truro doctor reprimanded in treatment of elderly woman who died

A Nova Scotia doctor has been reprimanded for the inadequate care of an elderly patient who eventually died.

The province's College of Physicians and Surgeons says Dr. Justin Clark did not adequately care for an elderly woman who came to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro, N.S., complaining of weakness.

The college says the patient, who was in declining health with a recent history of urinary tract infections, arrived at the hospital's emergency room in early 2017 and underwent blood work, urinalysis and chest x-rays.

Its ruling says Clark stated that the blood work came back "good," and informed her family that her antibiotics would be stopped and she would be released from hospital.

But her condition did not improve and the following day she was sent back to the hospital by her family doctor, where it was determined that her blood work was "worrisome."

She was admitted to hospital for acute hepatitis and died the following week.

The woman's daughter alleged Clark gave the family inaccurate information about her mother's blood work, and the college says Clark admitted during its investigation that he failed to appropriately review the results.

The college said he consented to reprimands for failing to ensure the laboratory results he ordered were appropriately reviewed, among other things.