Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 2°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: Concern voiced at inquest of man who choked on food at hospital

10:00 22 January 2014

Ipswich Hospital

Ipswich Hospital

Archant

The family of a man who died after he choked on food given to him at Ipswich Hospital have been told that his death was “not in vain” and that “lessons will be learnt”.

shares

Kenneth Thimblethorpe, of Roundwood Road in Ipswich, was admitted to the Heath Road site on July 22 with “severe left-sided weakness”.

A CT scan revealed that he had suffered a stroke.

He remained in the hospital and was with his brother and sister-in-law on August 12 when he was offered a selection of food.

He opted for a meal which included a fishcake. The inquest was told 
that Mr Thimblethorpe’s relatives were concerned about this because there was a sign above his bed that said he should only be given soft foods.

However, it was added during the hearing that the food had been cut up and his relatives felt that the hospital staff would “know best”.

Mr Thimblethorpe then appeared to start choking on the food and nurses and a doctor arrived at the room but they were unable to save him.

The inquest heard that Mr Thimblethorpe suffered a cardiac arrest but that the primary cause of his death was an intra-cerebral haemorrhage and not choking.

In notes discussed at the inquest, it was stated that the choking could have been a “product of the haemorrhage”.

Recording a verdict of death by natural causes, Kevin McCarthy, senior assistant coroner for Suffolk, said that concerns had been raised with the hospital.

He added: “Those concerns are being dealt with, I am glad to say, by Ipswich Hospital.

“I don’t think his death will be in vain because I have no doubt that Ipswich Hospital will look at this situation and learn its lessons from it.”

A spokeswoman for Ipswich Hospital said no further comments would be made on the inquest.

shares

0 comments

Road closed (stock image)

A serious crash has closed one carriageway of a busy road in west Suffolk.

Jean Sarah with her son, Charlie

A cancer patient faces a race against time to raise money for surgery unavailable on the NHS before the disease spreads from her lungs.

Motorist arrested on suspicion of driving while under influence of cannabis

A motorist in Ipswich has become the first person in Suffolk to be arrested under the new drug-driving regulations.

Framsden (stock image)

A car ended up on its side 15ft down an embankment after an accident in Suffolk this morning.

The  Life Women's Tour of Britain Stage 3 Clacton finish   
Stage winner Marianne Vos who also won The Yodel and Yellow jersey

An independent report into the impact of the Friends Life Women’s Tour cycle race last year has found the event boosted the Tendring district economy by almost £600,000.

Missing teen Wafa Benaziza

Concern is growing for a missing teenage girl who was last seen leaving her home in Essex last week.

View over Sudbury showing the area that could be used for the bypass

A bypass is the “key to prosperity in Sudbury”, it has been claimed, but so far the route has not been included in an official blueprint mapping out the future of the area over the next 20 years.

Stock image: emergency services at the scene of a fire

Firefighters tackled a blaze at a residential caravan in west Suffolk last night.

CCTV of man wanted for questioning in connection with theft from store in Eye

CCTV images have been released of a man wanted for police questioning in connection with an alleged shop theft in Eye.

Christine Taylor and her grandson William Taylor and her partner Philip Wall - all victims of a crash on the A14 at Trimley.

A car passenger has died after never recovering from injuries suffered in a crash which killed two other people – two and-a-half years ago.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages