Hospital’s failings led to man’s death

A coroner has issued a damning verdict on care at Chesterfield Royal Hospital after a man admitted with a broken hip died due to “gross failings”.

Former business man Edward Newton, who ran amusement arcades in Matlock Bath, contracted pneumonia when he was admitted to hospital in May 2008.

During an inquest in to his death last week Dr Robert Hunter said the hospital failed to review, monitor and investigate Mr Newton’s condition – and that had contributed to his death.

The 84-year-old had slipped and broken his hip in a fall at his home in Thornhill House , Great Longstone.

He was taken to the Royal on May 19 and was expected him to make a full recovery and return home.

But Mr Newton’s chest x-rays were not reviewed until a couple of days after he was admitted – when he was diagnosed with pneumonia – and despite his complex health problems he was not registered as a high risk patient.

Dr Hunter said: “Despite being seen multiple times by junior doctors they failed to recognise he was becoming more and more ill or to seek a senior opinion.”

He added there was a failure to recognise the seriousness of his condition.

He ruled a narrative verdict and said Mr Newton died of hospital-acquired pneumonia contributed to by pulmonary odema, ischaemic heart disease and multiple scelorsis.

He added “gross failings” had contributed to his death.

Mr Newton’s son Brian, of Bakewell, thanked Dr Hunter for his thorough review.

He said: “We have been told that substantial changes have already been made by the hospital since this incident and we sincerely hope that lessons have been learned so that all patients now receive the quality of medical and nursing care.”