Barnsley Hospital’s neglect contributed to death

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Neglect by medical staff at crisis-hit Barnsley Hospital contributed to a patient’s death, an inquest heard.

Coroner Julian Fox said grandmother Lorraine Hargreaves, aged 64, became ‘forgotten’ in the system - and he linked her death to a catalogue of errors.

The mum-of-two was admitted to Barnsley District Hospital in December 2012 complaining of sickness during chemotherapy treatment for a survivable cancer.

Two junior doctors failed to treat the recognised condition as an emergency, and two nurses failed to carry out observations for nine hours, give her enough fluids or alert senior doctors.

Mrs Hargreaves, aged 64, from Elsecar, died less than 24 hours after being admitted when icy weather left staff struggling to cope.

Assistant Sheffield coroner Mr Fox said: “It is clear that Mrs Hargreaves did not receive the medical attention she required.

“That was in part because of the prevailing weather conditions, but principally because her treatment was not escalated when her abnormal blood results were seen.

“In addition she was not provided with sufficient intravenous fluid.

“There is a direct link between these circumstances and Mrs Hargreaves’ sad death, which was contributed to by neglect.”

Mrs Hargreaves was suffering from non-Hodgkins lymphoma which is survived by nearly half of patients who have chemotherapy.

As her condition worsened two junior doctors and two nurses failed to alert senior medics and she wasn’t seen by a doctor until 7am the next day.

The betting shop worker suffered a cardiac arrest and died from multiple organ failure.