Coroner's warning after patient dies from post-op complications: 'Hospital doctors must communicate better with families'
A CORONER has spoken out about the need for hospital doctors to keep families informed about the condition of loved ones.
It follows an inquest into the death of David Maybury, aged 64, of Moor Fold, Little Hulton, who died on August 16 following complications after two operations at the Royal Bolton Hospital.
The inquest heard Mr Maybury, who was born in Durham, was an HGV driver for 40 years.
In February, he had developed bowel problems and needed surgery.
His partner of 20 years, Carol Fletcher, told the inquest Mr Maybury had been in good health until a visit to the United States in 2000, where he had a heart attack and needed heart bypass surgery.
She said he had been in relatively good health until earlier this year, when he was diagnosed with bowel problems.
Pathologist Dr David Lamont said Mr Maybury’s heart condition would not have helped him to easily combat the disease and its aftermath.
Mrs Fletcher raised issues with medical staff who, in her opinion, had failed to keep the family fully informed of Mr Maybury's deteriorating condition and at one stage had thought his condition was improving.
She told the inquest that while she was visiting Mr Maybury, a doctor, who had been doing his rounds, had given her a clear indication he would return to speak with her.
He failed to return, she said. Coroner Alan Walsh said: “I do think that it’s important for families to be sat down with the doctor and have a condition explained, rather than being given false hope.
Mr Maybury remained very unwell and his family should have been told.” Giving a narrative verdict, he added that Mr Maybury had died from recognised complications on the back of a naturally recurring disease, which had led him to suffer multi-organ failure.
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