The widow of an Erskine man who died eight days after being admitted to Peel Health Campus has made a formal complaint over his treatment, saying her husband may still be alive if he’d been transferred to Fiona Stanley as they had begged the hospital to do. Liz Hogan said her husband Greg, who died on May 31 at 58 years old, was a man who would “do anything for anyone”. But his last days were full of pain and suffering, with the leukaemia patient lying in blood-stained sheets, his family having to bring in their own wound dressings and Mr Hogan going for days without fluids. A letter seen by the Times from Ramsay Health — which operates the hospital — executive manager Tracey Taylor reveals the director and staff of the “appropriate hospital departments” will investigate issues raised by Mrs Hogan, which will then be reviewed by the Director of Medical Services. The father to five and grandfather to 28 began suffering flu-like symptoms in March. Blood — and later bone marrow — tests revealed he had acute myeloid leukaemia, an aggressive blood cancer. On May 12 the cancer was revealed to be in remission. Between May 17 and 20 he went back for more chemotherapy to ensure the cancer was gone, severely weakening his immune system. By the afternoon of the 23rd, Mr Hogan had started experiencing flu-like symptoms and had a temperature of 38.1. The couple went to Peel, with Mr Hogan expecting to be transferred to Fiona Stanley. “I saw a mark on his arm which looked like what had started out under his arm,” Mrs Hogan said She said a doctor put a ballpoint pen mark around it, despite her saying the infection would not show up at the surface. Mrs Hogan said she went home to pack his bags and when she returned in the evening, he had been moved to the other end of the ED ward. “I looked and thought, ‘This is their storage cubicle, it’s where they put all their leftover machines.’ There was nothing set up for an emergency,” Mrs Hogan said. “He had his IV pump there and I had to push my way through all the trolleys.” Mrs Hogan said when she came in the next morning, a nurse took blood from his arm. “He grabbed his arm and said ‘I’m pissing out blood’,” she said. “I came in the next day and he had another bandage on his arms and the same thing happened. There was more blood on the bed. He was three days laying in a blood-stained bed with no immune system.” Mrs Hogan said on the 25th her husband stopped eating. “He wasn't given IV fluids for not eating. He couldn’t drink,” she said. “Every time a nurse came in we asked ‘when is he being transferred?’ Because every time I saw he had bruises on his hand, on his feet and toes. “I kept saying ‘he needs to be transferred, he needs platelets, he needs bloods.’ Because at this stage he wasn’t getting anything.” Mrs Hogan said she was told Fiona Stanley had no available beds. “I said, ‘I don't care, just take him up to emergency.’” Mrs Hogan said she had to bring her own wound dressings from home because the ones Peel had were not breathable. She said on the 29th a nurse came in and looked at him and said ‘this isn't right.’ “She asked about a wound under his arm, took his observations and said ‘I’m going to get him transferred,’ Mrs Hogan said. “When I arrived back at the hospital I walked into the room and all these nurses were rushing him around and the nurse who had got him transferred said ‘we’re transferring him now’,” she said. “I said, ‘It’s about bloody time.’ The doctor came him with the nurse and said to give him bags of fluid. “This nurse was trying to squeeze bag of fluid into him through his pick and it wasn’t working. “I thought ‘hang on a minute, you’re just now giving him fluids when you’re transferring him up to the hospital? I got home and got a phone call from his haematologist who said, ‘You better get up here because I don’t think he’s going to make it through the night’.” Mrs Hogan said when she arrived at Fiona Stanley, Mr Hogan looked “really bad” and was wheezing. A nurse informed her his kidneys had shut down and the wheezing was the gases trying to come out of his mouth. Mrs Hogan said the doctors told him they couldn’t give him more chemotherapy because his stomach couldn’t handle it. “The only thing they could do was make him comfortable,” she said. Mrs Hogan said she believed her husband would still be alive if he’d been taken to Fiona Stanley straight away. She put in a formal complaint with Peel Health Campus, after learning about a lady — identified only as Julie — who told a radio station her husband was sent home with pain killers on April 23 and ended up in Sir Charles Gardiner three days later with organ failure. Julie’s family turned his life support off soon after. “That was a month before Greg went in there,” Mrs Hogan said. “Nothing’s changed. There needs to be some type of change. Perhaps that’s retraining.” A PHC spokeswoman said the hospital had expressed condolences to Mrs Hogan, saying they were “extremely concerned to hear of the Hogan family’s experience” and would be carefully investigating Mrs Hogan’s claims, “including interviewing the staff (she) had interactions with during her time at the hospital”. “A review of the care provided has been commenced following the complaint that was raised on 28 June and PHC has reassured the family that a thorough investigation will take place,” the spokeswoman said.