System safe at hospital

Margaret Hardwick

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COMMUNICATIONS systems at Barnsley Hospital were safe when a woman who died from an abscess on her brain was left waiting four days for a transfer to undergo emergency surgery.

Margaret Hardwick, from Brierley, died in Barnsley hospital four days after a neurologist had ordered she be transferred to Sheffield’s Hallamshire Hospital for treatment.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has apologised for the ‘genuine error in communication’ after the death of the 72-year-old, who had a 90 per cent chance of survival had she undergone the surgery.

Meanwhile a spokesman for Barnsley Hospital said: “We always thoroughly investigate serious incidents at the hospital.

“Our investigations showed that we did everything we could and that our systems are safe.

“The coroner also carried out a thorough inquiry and had no concerns about the communication between Barnsley Hospital and the Hallamshire Hospital in relation to the transfer of Mrs Hardwick or our efforts to secure her transfer.”

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