A hip surgery patient suffered a fatal blood clot after ‘a series of mistakes and miscommunications’ at Sheffield hospitals, an inquest has found.
Allan Hawksworth, aged 73, collapsed while walking yards from his home just over a week after a hip replacement operation at the private Claremont Hospital in Sandygate.
The retired joiner died from a pulmonary embolism brought on by a deep vein thrombosis in his left leg, which had been operated on.
Following a four-day inquest at Sheffield Coroner’s Court, assistant deputy coroner Julian Fox recorded a narrative verdict.
“It is a tragedy that he died in this way,” Mr Fox said.
The court heard Alan, who lived at Hope, didn’t receive injections of vital blood-thinning medication at the Claremont.
A transport blunder by the Northern General Hospital in Fir Vale then meant he didn’t receive a scan for 24 hours when his leg swelled, and his jabs were delayed further. Allan also didn’t receive clear advice from the Claremont about wearing surgical stockings to prevent DVT.
“The operation went well but was followed by a series of mistakes and miscommunications,” said Mr Fox, who described Allan as active, pleasant and otherwise healthy’.
But he added: “I’m reassured lessons have been learned and steps taken to avoid any future repetition.”