Coroner’s letter to health trust

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A CORONER is to write to Doncaster Royal Infirmary chiefs about the ‘gross failure’ surrounding the care of a patient who died after she was denied her regular medication.

Mary Linney died in the hospital last February, but her family say she would still be alive if she had stayed at home, instead of being admitted to hospital with a suspected chest infection.

Mrs Linney, aged 81, of Petersgate, Scawthorpe, suffered from a heart condition and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and was on 15 different types of medication.

Her family took them all to the hospital when she was admitted but they were not given to Mrs Linney until several days afterwards, by which time her condition had deteriorated.

Doncaster coroner Ms Mundy, who recorded a narrative inquest verdict, said staff omitted to record the medication on her notes and did not consider whether it should be continued.

The hospital trust has apologised and says it will tackle serious issues raised by the inquest.

Ms Mundy also expressed concern that after Mrs Linney’s condition deteriorated shortly before her death, a doctor was bleeped by nurses, but took 110 minutes to respond.

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