Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 5°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Mellis: Coroner says neglect by hospital contributed to Alan Handyside’s death

10:00 19 December 2012

An inquest has taken place into the death of Alan Handyside from Mellis, near Diss. This picture is him on holiday a couple of years ago.

An inquest has taken place into the death of Alan Handyside from Mellis, near Diss. This picture is him on holiday a couple of years ago.

Contributed

Coroner says neglect by hospital contributed to grandfather’s death

shares

THE PARTNER of a man who died following a hospital’s “gross failure” last night said “hopefully nobody else will die for the same reasons”.

At yesterday’s inquest into the death of Alan Handyside, 69, from Mellis, near Diss, Coroner Dr Peter Dean said “there was a gross failure to provide the appropriate care or management that Mr Handyside’s condition required at the time”.

Mr Handyside, who was a semi-retired social marketing consultant, was brought to West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, by ambulance on April 24 last year after suffering a fall while walking his dog.

The inquest heard how according to both National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and West Suffolk Hospital guidance at the time someone in his position - at his age, with a head injury and amnesia and on anti-coagulative treatment - should have had a CT scan. But he was not given the scan.

Mr Handyside, a father and grandfather, was discharged from the hospital and died two days after the fall after being readmitted following a headache and vomiting.

Dr Saqib Siddiq Khawaja, who saw him when he was first went to hospital, decided he needed to be kept in for neurological observations, but did not request a scan.

And Andrew Dunn, a trauma and orthopaedic consultant, said he would have requested a scan but he was given an inaccurate result.

Dr Dean recorded a verdict that Mr Handyside died from complications to which neglect contributed following an accidental fall.

Following Mr Handyside’s death the hospital has reviewed its head injury guidance and the induction given to junior doctors working in A&E.

After the inquest, Mr Handyside’s partner Angela Lee said: “I’m pleased it is recording mistakes were made. I think it’s right, obviously, and we do feel as a family whatever errors were made were corrected so some small good may come out of our personal tragedy.

“He died for the wrong reasons, but also if they noted that hopefully nobody else will die for the same reasons. That would be good.”

Trefine Maynard, the lawyer representing the family, said it seemed Mr Handyside’s case had been a “wake-up call” for the hospital, but she was not convinced they had learned all the lessons.

Mrs Lee said treatment she had had at West Suffolk Hospital had been “brilliant” so “when all this came out it made it worse really. So much worse.

“These are little mistakes, but they led to something terrible like somebody dying when they shouldn’t have to. It’s not a bad hospital.

“I would hate that to be the message. It’s a good hospital with flaws.”

She described her partner as highly intelligent, involved with everything he did and who loved his work.

“He really didn’t want to retire, but, as I say, he got to the stage where he more or less had to. He loved cooking. He loved digging his vegetable patch. He was a passionate man. He was a very passionate man. What he did he got stuck into.”

During the inquest, Dr Dean said: “On this occasion sadly there was a failure of care which I think was causally connected to this tragic outcome.”

shares

0 comments

Armed robbery in Sudbury

A man has been arrested following an armed robbery at a shop in Ballingdon Street in Sudbury this afternoon.

Shirley Ison may have made a fatal error which caused her car to collide with a tree

Driver error is believed to be the cause of a road accident in which a woman was killed, it was ruled this week.

Easter fun at Kesgrave Library. Tabitha and Sebastion Degiorgio.

Eggs – chocolate and real ones – were on everyone’s minds as a library held a family event to mark the Easter season.

Extra trains for ITFC Fans

Extra train services have been arranged for Ipswich Town fans on Good Friday.

Hagon pleaded guilty to a charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday, March 31 to two years and eight months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for five years, after which he must take an extended test, Essex Police said.

A driver has been jailed for two years and eight months following a serious collision in High Garrett, near Braintree.

Planners have refused homes on vacant land at Felixstowe's Haven Exchange site.

Proposals for 61 homes near the Port of Felixstowe have been refused because of the need to keep as much employment land available as possible.

Chelmsford Crown Court

A woman has been left permanently disabled after a driver who had taken a cocktail of drink and drugs smashed into her car.

April Fool

It is hard to trust anything you are told today - because it seems everyone is trying to catch you out with an April Fool.

Mark Bee has pushed to ensure better broadband is brought to Suffolk.

Suffolk County Council leader Mark Bee last night insisted he wants to continue playing “an active role” in politics in Suffolk, as he announced he would quit his role next month.

Louise Waplington with husband Martyn, son Leon and daughter Annabelle

For one London Marathon runner this year her son is all the inspiration she needs.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages