Nikki Grahame’s death is reportedly under investigation at Dorset County Hospital after her family voiced concerns that she was ‘discharged too early’.
The Big Brother icon passed away at her home on April 9, aged 38, after a lifelong battle with anorexia.
However, concerns have now been raised about whether the hospital followed ‘standard procedures’.
A Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson told The Sun: “Staff at the Trust were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Miss Grahame, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of Miss Grahame at this very difficult time.
“A full internal investigation into the circumstances of Miss Grahame’s death is currently underway. This is in line with standard procedures following any sudden death.
“All information and findings arising from this investigation will be shared confidentially with Miss Grahame’s family, and thereafter with the Coroner as part of any Coronial process.
“The Trust will do everything it can to assist the Coroner in any ongoing Coronial process.”
Sources close to the star added that they feel ‘she would be alive today,’ if the hospital had handled her care properly.
They commented: “Her family feels she wasn’t strong enough physically to care for herself. It’s left them shocked and heartbroken.”
Following this, a source alleges that Grahame was never admitted to a specialist eating disorder unit, as there were no beds available on the NHS or privately, reports Metro.
The source alleged: “Nikki was supposed to enter an outpatient clinic from this Monday, she sadly never got to and died within 24 hours of leaving hospital.”
Grahame was said to be in ‘good spirits’ prior to her passing, as she did manage to gain weight while at the hospital. However, her loved ones insisted she ‘wasn’t ready’ to be discharged anytime soon.
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