Would scan have saved life?
PUBLISHED: 02:56 07 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:18 24 May 2010
A GRIEVING husband from Worle is demanding answers from staff at Weston General Hospital after his wife died in its care. Michael Taylor, of Chantry Drive, said he was 'disgusted' with the way his wife was treated when she was rushed to the hospital in Au
A GRIEVING husband from Worle is demanding answers from staff at Weston General Hospital after his wife died in its care.Michael Taylor, of Chantry Drive, said he was 'disgusted' with the way his wife was treated when she was rushed to the hospital in August with a suspected blockage of the bowel. He blames staff for her death.Mr Taylor claims his 67-year-old wife Mary was left waiting in a corridor in considerable pain with no treatment after she was admitted to the A&E department on August 10 with a note from her doctor explaining her condition. He said no scan was taken for two days and when her condition became serious her operation was delayed for seven hours."I don't want to see it happen to anybody else," he said."If Mary had received the required and long-awaited scan it would have highlighted the blockage which could have been treated and therefore Mary would still be alive today."Mr Taylor said he was told a scan could not be done due to 'an unexplained problem with the paperwork'.He said: "I continually asked to speak to a doctor but I was told they were too busy. When I did eventually see one I was told nothing could be done until a scan had been carried out and they were not unduly worried, they were just keeping Mary under observation."On the Saturday (August 12) Mary became delirious and disorientated. It was difficult to understand what she was saying but her stomach, previously distended, had now become soft."At 4am the next day Mr Taylor received a phone call to say his wife's condition had deteriorated at 2am, but she was not operated on until 9am.He said he was told the operation had gone well but Mary's large bowel had ruptured and faecal waste had escaped into the surrounding tissue. She was given a 10 per cent chance of survival and died three days later of multiple organ failure due to faecal peritonitis caused by the perforation of her large bowel.Mr Taylor believes if his wife had been given a scan when she was first admitted doctors would have been able to treat her before her bowel ruptured and she would still be alive today.Mr Taylor has written a letter to Weston General Hospital demanding answers.A spokesman for Weston Area Health NHS Trust said: "Mr Taylor's complaint is currently under investigation and the chief executive will be communicating with him again once the investigation is complete.