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Blind grandfather from Felixstowe was given someone else’s medication in the days before his death

PUBLISHED: 18:21 13 March 2017

Douglas Lamond

Douglas Lamond

A Suffolk grandfather died after taking medication prescribed for someone else, an inquest has heard.

RAF veteran Douglas Lamond, 86, who died after he was given another patients prescription by a branch of Boots in Orwell Road, Felixstowe. Picture: Family handout/PARAF veteran Douglas Lamond, 86, who died after he was given another patients prescription by a branch of Boots in Orwell Road, Felixstowe. Picture: Family handout/PA

RAF veteran Douglas Lamond suffered from a number of health problems including heart issues and glaucoma and died at Ipswich Hospital on May 12, 2012.

The 86-year-old had boxes of medication delivered to his home in Felixstowe on a weekly basis from the Boots pharmacy in Orwell Road.

An inquest into his death at Suffolk coroner’s court heard how Mr Lamond had a dossette box of medication delivered to him two days earlier.

More than 30 tablets were inside but most were sent in error – and were actually meant to be for Anthony Lampard.

In interviews conducted by police after Mr Lamond’s death pharmacy dispenser Susan Hazlewood admitted to slitting the box open and putting four of Mr Lamond’s tablets inside. She did this before sealing it – but did not check the name on the box, Detective Superintendent Andrew Smith, from Suffolk police, said.

Pharmacist Mihaela Seceleanu had checked the box for the additional pills but not for the existing ones.

She was cautioned by police in 2015 for supplying the wrong subscription, while both women admitted breaching Boots’ standard procedures.

That particular branch stopped the assembly of medical packs in branch after the incident.

The box delivered to Mr Lamond at his home in Felixstowe had two names on it, his and Mr Lampard, who most of the medication was for.

Det Supt Smith said medics who carried out pathology reports both felt it was “very likely” the incorrect medication may have “hastened his death”.

Dr Carey, the pathologist who conducted Mr Lamond’s post-mortem examination referred to the medical error as “poisoning” – and listed the error in his cause of death, which also named ischaemic heart disease as the main cause.

He said the 86-year-old’s heart had swelled to 610g – in a healthy man for his size, at its largest it should have been around 390g.

The investigation into Mr Lamond’s death required police to consult the Crown Prosecution Service. They said there was “insufficient evidence” to proceed with gross negligence or manslaughter charges.

But a more in-depth investigation was called for by his family, including daughter Dianne Moore from Hintlesham, who asked for a right to review appeal and won.

She said she hopes the inquest will give her family the answers it needs and prevent another from going through a similar “traumatic” experience.

In a family statement read out to the inquest, she described Mr Lamond as a “sweet man” who was “very kind”.

They had recently reconnected after a period of estrangement and she said she had enjoyed a few years of seeing him bond with his grandchildren.

The inquest, chaired by senior Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean, is expected to last two weeks. It continues tomorrow.


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