Man listed as dead days be­fore he died


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By KATHER­INE BAINBRIDGE

A WOMAN whose hus­band was listed as ‘de­ceased’ on a hos­pi­tal doc­u­ment two days be­fore he died has slammed the ‘huge dis­crep­an­cies’ in his med­i­cal records.

Gra­ham Ed­wards, from Droyls­den, passed away aged 62 on Oc­to­ber 25 last year, just hours af­ter he was dis­charged from Tame­side Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, an in­quest into his death was told. He had been di­ag­nosed with lung can­cer in April 2016, which even­tu­ally spread to his brain and was ter­mi­nal.

Denise Ed­wards has crit­i­cised the care her hus­band re­ceived at the hos­pi­tal, say­ing one doc­tor even re­fused to treat him, and the er­rors in his records.

Hos­pi­tal doc­u­ments seen by the M.E.N. list Mr Ed­wards’ date of birth as July 11, 2007, when he was born on Fe­bru­ary 12, 1954, and a pa­tient re­sults re­port dated Oc­to­ber 23 states ‘this pa­tient has now de­ceased’ when Mr Ed­wards did not ac­tu­ally die un­til Oc­to­ber 25.

Mrs Ed­wards said there had been a lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion from both her hus­band’s GP and hos­pi­tal staff – which in­cluded them be­ing told his can­cer was ter­mi­nal in a let­ter.

“No one had spo­ken to us about it, even though we’d been to an ap­point­ment just a few days be­fore the let­ter ar­rived,” she said.

At one point Mr Ed­wards’ GP gave them two sealed en­velopes, telling them to pass them on in the event that he needed med­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion. They were not told what was in­side.

When Mr Ed­wards was taken to A&E at Tame­side cough­ing up blood two days prior to his death, Mrs Ed­wards gave the en­velopes to the doc­tor. Giv­ing ev­i­dence at the in­quest, she said af­ter read­ing the con­tents the doc­tor said he would not treat Mr Ed­wards.

“I kicked off a bit and a se­nior con­sul­tant came to see us, and she agreed that they could treat him,” she added.

The coroner, An­drew Bridg­man, said it ‘beg­gared be­lief’ that no one had ex­plained to Mr and Mrs Ed­wards what was in the en­velopes.

He said: “If the doc­tor on ar­rival at A&E said words to the ef­fect that he would not treat Mr Ed­wards that would have been very shock­ing and dis­tress­ing for the fam­ily, and if it was said like that, very un­pro­fes­sional.

“What those en­velopes ac­tu­ally con­tained was sup­posed to as­sist the fam­ily, and it beg­gars be­lief that Mr and Mrs Ed­wards did not know that.

“The re­ac­tion of the first doc­tor seems to have been er­ro­neous, but Mrs Ed­wards stood her ground and ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ment was ad­min­is­tered.”

He said the fam­ily’s con­cerns had ‘by and large been caused by poor com­mu­ni­ca­tion and the man­ner in which Mr and Mrs Ed­wards were met on ar­rival at the hos­pi­tal on Oc­to­ber 23,’ but noted that these is­sues ‘played no part in the even­tual out­come’ and recorded a con­clu­sion of death by nat­u­ral causes.

A spokesman for Tame­side and Glos­sop NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, which runs Tame­side Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, said: “We apol­o­gise to Mrs Ed­wards and her fam­ily for what has clearly been a lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion on our be­half. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and com­pas­sion are two of our core val­ues and we re­gret that we haven’t lived up to the high stan­dards we set our­selves in this re­gard.

“We con­tinue to work di­rectly with Mrs Ed­wards to re­solve her con­cerns.”

Gra­ham Ed­wards, 62, died hours af­ter be­ing dis­charged from hos­pi­tal

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