A pensioner suffered a fatal blood clot after not being given vital drugs quickly following surgery at a Sheffield hospital, an inquest heard.
Allan Hawksworth, aged 73, underwent a hip replacement operation to treat his arthritis at the private Claremont Hospital in Sandygate, and was discharged four days later.
But just over a week after the routine procedure, the retired joiner – described as a ‘fit, well man for his age’ – died from a pulmonary embolism brought on by a deep vein thrombosis in his left leg, which had been operated on.
Sheffield Coroner’s Court heard Allan was handed anti-clotting tablets to take daily only when he was sent home from hospital.
The Claremont also provided the dad-of-three with two surgical stockings to prevent DVT. However, he was told to wear one just on his right leg.
And Allan had to wait for almost two days for a car to take him to the Northern General in Fir Vale for tests when his leg began to swell.
He was given surgery at the Claremont paid for by the NHS on June 12 last year, and ‘seemed in good spirits’ afterwards.
His widow Jennifer said in a statement read to the court: “Before discharge a nurse was asking him, ‘You have had your injections?’ He said no, and the nurse said ‘Yes you have.’ I noticed Allan had a stocking on, but only on his right leg. She told me different doctors did different things.”
Jennifer said her husband of more than 50 years was looking forward to playing golf again and the prospect of part-time work.
“We knew other people who had had successful hip replacements, and it never entered our heads that Allan might not be successful in his plans,” she added.
Allan collapsed on June 21 while walking yards from his home at Hope in the Peak District, and could not be revived by paramedics.
The inquest continues.