I used the pen name, Renata Payne, and changed names and locations to protect the identities of all those involved in this tragic story. After years of specialist experience, I was able to analyse the role of human factors in this case and in medical mishaps generally. Although the book is four years old now, I hope it still shows the reader how to obtain the professional help that feels right for them. And, because medicine is still not an exact science, peace of mind even when the final outcome is not what they had hoped for. Paperback now out of print but secondhand copies available. Kindle version £1.99.
Proceeds from PB were donated to Lyrics and Lunch, a lunchtime group for those living with dementia and their carers. Proceeds from the Kindle version go to Clinical Human Factors Group, a charity set up in 2007. It campaigns for the NHS to emulate the airline industry in investigation and prevention of systemic and human error to fulfil the expressed wish of so many medical error victims: 'I don't want this to happen to anyone else.'
Cover design by SilverWood Books. Cover image by Sophie Licata.