A CHIEF nurse has apologised for the way a dementia sufferer was sent home in a taxi from Stoke Mandeville Hospital at 2am.

Click here for the full story about the 85-year-old patient - who was left freezing in a hospital gown after struggling to get into her home.

Lynne Swiatczak, Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Care Standards at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, said this afternoon: “I am sorry for the way that Mrs Smith’s mother’s discharge was managed – it was not handled in the correct way, and falls far short of the standard that I would expect.

“I have been in contact with Mrs Smith and am investigating exactly what happened. We take all complaints seriously and will not hesitate to take action if we need to.”