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Man 'missing' for two weeks found in hospital

Man 'missing' for two weeks found in hospital

Published: 12 Jul 2012 07:23 GMT+02:00
Updated: 12 Jul 2012 07:23 GMT+02:00

Concerned relatives of Leif Vinberg, a resident of Holmsund in northern Sweden, contacted police in early July after several days passed without any contact from the 62-year-old.

While police in turn contacted several local hospitals to inquire as to whether or not Vinberg had been admitted, their search failed to turn up any trace of the man.

"When the police couldn't find him either, we feared the worst," Vinberg's daughter told the local Västerbotten-Kuriren (VK) newspaper.

But following additional media reports about Vinberg's disappearance, he was finally "found" on Wednesday at the Norrland University Hospital in Umeå.

As it turns out, Vinberg had been rushed to the hospital by ambulance on June 28th after falling and suffering a head injury.

But no one at the hospital bothered to contact relatives of Vinberg and inform them that he had been admitted.

Hospital staff also failed to provide accurate information about Vinberg when police had previously asked whether or not he might be at the Umeå hospital.

Norrland University Hospital is now investigating the incident in hopes of determining how the breakdown in communication took place.

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Your comments about this article

09:50 July 12, 2012 by sarcastrix
Swedish hospitals - best in the world!
10:09 July 12, 2012 by azimuth
Another failure of the "great" Swedish healthcare... I wish I could stop paying the portion of taxes which is used to finance the healthcare...
12:18 July 12, 2012 by cattie
Tyvärr.... "Communication breakdown"

Heathcare providers are very accountable --especially in the summer.
20:47 July 12, 2012 by johan rebel
The most surprising thing is that the guy was even admitted to hospital. It is a pity that he had to get sick and spoil the doctors and nurses' summer vacation.
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