South East Wales

Compensation for Bridgend heart death man's family

Andrew Jones Image copyright Irwin Mitchell/family photo

A family has been awarded a six-figure settlement after the death of a man whose heart problems were put down to acid reflux.

Andrew Jones, 47, from Bridgend, died of heart disease in March 2012.

He had a family history of heart problems and was diagnosed with a possible cardiomegaly - an enlarged heart - by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.

The health board said it had settled the case, but did not admit liability.

Mr Jones, a father-of-three, had suffered from chest pains and high blood pressure since 2002.

Following a visit to his GP, he was admitted to the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend in July 2011 for tests.

Image copyright Irwin Mitchell/family photo

When he returned for outpatient appointments, irregularities were identified but they were thought to be acid reflux rather than heart problems.

Mr Jones collapsed at his home on 17 March 2012 and died in hospital the following day.

Mr Jones's widow Jacqueline said: "We remain devastated by the nature of his death, considering that he had been receiving ongoing treatment for his cardiac problems yet the issues which led to his death were not identified.

"While nothing will ever bring Andrew back, we truly hope that steps have been taken to ensure that no other family faces the loss and the subsequent ordeal we have been through."

A health board spokeswoman said: "We are committed to learning from cases to improve practice. We have reviewed this case to determine if any lessons could be learnt from it or changes made to processes."