Monmouth OAP died after injury to ribs left untreated

GERNERAL VIEW OF NEVILL HALL HOSPITAL IN ABERGAVENNY.PIC: MIKE URWIN. (4004544)

GERNERAL VIEW OF NEVILL HALL HOSPITAL IN ABERGAVENNY.PIC: MIKE URWIN. (4004544)

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A MONMOUTH man died from undiagnosed rib fractures while in an Abergavenny hospital, a coroner ruled.

George Lonsdale, 84, was admitted to Nevill Hall Hospital following a fall at his Monmouth home in June last year.

But he died less than 12 hours later from a haemothorax, blood within the chest, caused by fractured ribs, an inquest at Gwent Coroner’s Court in Newport heard.

Gwent Coroner, David Bowen concluded that Mr Lonsdale’s death was due to an undiagnosed and, therefore, untreated injury sustained in a fall.

At the inquest hearing, Mr Lonsdale’s son, Brent, said he was informed by a family member that his father was in hospital but was alright.

Staff nurse, Julie Owen gave evidence explaining that Mr Lonsdale had complained of back pain while on a trolley and was given pain killers after being admitted for a fall.

He was given a routine chest x-ray, which didn’t give staff any cause for concern.

Shortly after midnight, a patient informed staff that Mr Lonsdale had tried to get out of bed and was on the floor. Mr Lonsdale was moved to a side ward for closer observation.

Also giving evidence was the sister in charge, Anita Evans who explained nursing staff were concerned at 1.30am that Mr Lonsdale’s pulse rate was erratic, but a doctor gave reassurance.

At 4.15am, his concentration of oxygen in the blood reduced and he was given an oxygen mask, the inquest was told.

By 5am, he seemed agitated and staff noticed his catheter bag was empty so procedures were undertaken to check it.

But Mr Lonsdale became quiet and clammy before going into cardiac arrest, the inquest heard.

CPR attempts failed and his death was recorded at 6.16am on June 23, 2013.

Dr Mike Webberley said that the chest x-ray didn’t show any evidence of rib fractures but that it could not be ruled out.

It did show a small amount of fluid in the chest cavity, but that was thought to be an infection.

A post-mortem examination showed that there were fractured ribs on the right side of the chest and showed bleeding over hours.

Following the inquest, a spokesman for the Aneurin Bevan Health Board said: “Whilst it is not appropriate to comment on the specific details of the care provided it is recognised that it is, in some cases, not possible to detect some fractures from an x-ray. We fully appreciate the distress this has caused the family and we offer them our condolences.”

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3:06pm Sat 24 May 14

kez1968 says...

A very sad story, who died of natural causes by a undiagnosed broken rib or a cover up by health care professionals who neglected an elderly patient, all I know these stories are all too common in the nhs these days.
A very sad story, who died of natural causes by a undiagnosed broken rib or a cover up by health care professionals who neglected an elderly patient, all I know these stories are all too common in the nhs these days. kez1968
  • Score: 4

6:49pm Sat 24 May 14

bugsy93 says...

This appears to be another case of gross incompetence by our public funded bodies. just like the local authorities, the ambulance service the Police and all other departments that's funded by the taxpayer.
Paying large salaries to useless overpaid fatcat executives and directors sat in offices at the top of these dis-organised departments is clearly not working. Losing a life as a result of a significant case of incompetence is the ultimate price to pay.If you were ill or injured they used to say "you are in the best place" this is no longer the case. Our fear is now of getting old and being a victim of was once the finest health service in the world.
We did not need those overpaid executives then, just professionals that we could depend on.
The family of this unfortunate gentleman must have been utterly devastated when this was revealed..
This appears to be another case of gross incompetence by our public funded bodies. just like the local authorities, the ambulance service the Police and all other departments that's funded by the taxpayer. Paying large salaries to useless overpaid fatcat executives and directors sat in offices at the top of these dis-organised departments is clearly not working. Losing a life as a result of a significant case of incompetence is the ultimate price to pay.If you were ill or injured they used to say "you are in the best place" this is no longer the case. Our fear is now of getting old and being a victim of was once the finest health service in the world. We did not need those overpaid executives then, just professionals that we could depend on. The family of this unfortunate gentleman must have been utterly devastated when this was revealed.. bugsy93
  • Score: 2

10:23am Sun 25 May 14

Abertillery29 says...

My mother - in her 80s' and suffering from dementia - was admitted to this hospital in the early 2000s' suffering from a urinary infection. When I reached the hospital they said they were having problems because she was uncooperative. I explained that she had dementia and that I had been given full power of attourney by the Court of Protection to look after her welfare. I asked to see the consultant dealing with her and said that in order for her to examined I would authorise them to sedate her and absolve them of all responsibilty. The consultant refused saying 'she has the right to refuse treatment'. Luckily her infection improved without any help or treatment at this hospital and she returned home. The staff that I dealt with during her stay had no idea about how to deal with a paient with my mothers problems including not giving her sufficient time to eat her meals. It seems that nothing has improved in the care of elderly patients since then. I feel very sorry for the gentlemand family.
My mother - in her 80s' and suffering from dementia - was admitted to this hospital in the early 2000s' suffering from a urinary infection. When I reached the hospital they said they were having problems because she was uncooperative. I explained that she had dementia and that I had been given full power of attourney by the Court of Protection to look after her welfare. I asked to see the consultant dealing with her and said that in order for her to examined I would authorise them to sedate her and absolve them of all responsibilty. The consultant refused saying 'she has the right to refuse treatment'. Luckily her infection improved without any help or treatment at this hospital and she returned home. The staff that I dealt with during her stay had no idea about how to deal with a paient with my mothers problems including not giving her sufficient time to eat her meals. It seems that nothing has improved in the care of elderly patients since then. I feel very sorry for the gentlemand family. Abertillery29
  • Score: -2

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