Stoke & Staffordshire

Apology over Stoke abscess death man's misdiagnosis

Malcolm Drake
Image caption Malcolm Drake saw doctors four times before he collapsed and died

An NHS trust has accepted errors were made in the treatment of a man who collapsed and died at home from a bowel condition.

Malcolm Drake, from Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent, saw doctors four times before his death on Christmas Day 2007.

The 23-year-old had Crohn's disease but was repeatedly told he had a groin strain.

NHS Stoke-on-Trent said it accepted errors were made and apologised to the family.

Chief executive Graham Unwin said: "This matter is now in the hands of the NHS Litigation Authority and we hope the claim will be settled shortly.

"We offer our sincere condolences to Malcolm Drake's family."

An inquest into Mr Drake's death, held in May 2010, recorded a narrative verdict and gave the cause of death partly as natural causes but also because his underlying condition had been missed.

The inquest heard Mr Drake developed an abscess from his condition.

Despite seeking medical attention, including going to University Hospital of North Staffordshire and asking for an MRI scan, which was refused, it was undiagnosed.

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