Widow gets payout after death at Barnsley Hospital

Barnsley Hospital. Picture: Andrew Roe
Barnsley Hospital. Picture: Andrew Roe
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The heartbroken wife of a man who died from heart failure after a failure to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease at Barnsley Hospital has received a payout.

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has paid an undisclosed settlement to Barbara Berman after the death of her husband David in August 2010.

The 74-year-old was severely dehydrated when he was admitted to Barnsley Hospital on August 25, 2010.

He had blood tests and a scan but was not given an IV drip for another two hours.

Six days later he collapsed and was again given an IV drip but suffered a heart attack, vomited blood and died.

His wife instructed lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate the care he received at the hospital.

The law firm has now secured the family and undisclosed settlement to provide Barbara, of Pontefract, with care and support as her husband used to be her carer.

Rebecca Pearey, a specialist medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said: “Our expert medical evidence suggests that due to his declining condition, David should have been examined by a specialist gastroenterologist.

“He should have been prescribed steroids and intravenous fluids which would have improved his condition and he would have survived.”