December 10 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 13, 2013
The family of a Norfolk man who died from a heart attack is considering taking further action after the results of an important medical test that could have increased his chances of surviving went missing at a hospital.
Shane Tiller, 45, of Church Road, Itteringham, died at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on February 28 after a heart attack.
However an inquest at Norwich Coroners’ Court heard that details of an electrocardiogram (ECG) test to check his heart activity were not passed to hospital staff during an earlier visit on February 16, when he was taken in by ambulance with pain in his back and left arm, and also suffering hypertension and sweating.
Coroner William Armstrong said: “It is a matter of grave concern that the ECG reading went missing and was not seen by the doctors who were treating and looking after Shane when he was admitted to hospital. Further investigations would have taken place and it is possible that the further treatment would have increased Shane’s prospects of surviving.”
The ECG readings had been taken by paramedics who took sculptor Mr Tiller to hospital and handed the results to staff with details of other tests, but the ECG data subsequently went missing when responsibility for his care was handed to doctors.
When he was checked by A&E doctor Sarah Evans, she deemed his pain was due to cervical nerve root compression and discharged him to consult his doctor.
However, his condition deteriorated and he was taken into hospital again on February 20, dying eight days later.
Mr Armstrong concluded the death was from natural causes.
Following the inquest, Richard Barr, a solicitor representing the family, said: “Quite clearly, this was a serious failing on the part of the hospital and it should not have happened.
“If the ECG had been picked up he would not have suffered the further damage and may have seen it through. I think it is likely that the family will be investigating taking this matter further.”