Doncaster boy’s hospital death sparks medical record changes

Daniel Hames aged four.

Daniel Hames aged four.

New measures for accessing medical records have been put in place after a four-year-old boy died when he inhaled his own vomit while lying in a hospital bed.

During a two-day inquest it became clear that medical staff dealing with Daniel Hames during his stay in Doncaster Royal Infirmary did not have access to his full medical history.

The youngster was also not assessed at regular intervals during his six-and-a-half hours in the hospital. One nurse even went on a two-hour break when she was due to monitor Daniel’s condition, Doncaster Coroner’s Court was told.

 

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