Essex

David Pattrick inquest: Colchester Hospital criticised

  • 28 February 2013
  • From the section Essex
David and Susan Pattrick
Susan Pattrick said doctors needed to listen to patients after the death of her husband David

A coroner has accused a hospital of "serious failings" in its care of a man later found dead in a toilet cubicle.

David Pattrick, of Marks Tey, went into Colchester Hospital to have his gallbladder removed in December 2010.

But two days after he went into hospital, the 69-year-old was found dead.

An inquest in Chelmsford heard how no single consultant had taken overall charge of his care. The hospital said lessons had been learned.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Pattrick died of a blood infection. A verdict of death by natural causes was recorded.

Speaking after the hearing, his widow Susan said: "When he complained of the pain they said it was basically the gas they had pumped into him that was causing the problem.

"I think they should listen to their patients and their patients' families."

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