Wakefield hospital botched op review

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HOSPITAL bosses in Wakefield have admitted their care of a man who died after a surgeon failed to remove his appendix was not good enough.

John William Longmore died from appendicitis eight months after the operation at Pinderfields, which was supposed to have removed the organ.

An inquest into the 81-year-old’s death found he died from natural causes contributed by neglect after hearing the mistake was not noticed for some time - and even when it was, his condition was not reviewed.

Mr Longmore’s family said they were “appalled”.

Son David Longmore said: “My father’s death has left a huge void in all of our lives and there is nothing that can be done to replace that. My mother found it very difficult to live alone and she herself died just a few months after his death.

“It makes us extremely angry to know dad died as a result of such basic failures.

“The hospital knew that the operation had been unsuccessful and that he was still at risk of a further episode of appendicitis, but they did nothing about it. I sincerely hope the NHS takes prompt action to prevent this from happening again.

“The care my father received was appalling and you expect a lot better from the NHS.”

Mr Longmore, from Wakefield, underwent keyhole surgery at Pinderfields General Hospital in August 2009.

However, the doctor removed tissue from the surrounding area, not the appendix.

Unacceptable

After tests revealed the error, which put him at risk of developing infections, the hospital did not review his condition.

In March last year, he was re-admitted to Pinderfields with acute appendicitis and had an operation, but died in April.

Solicitor Ian Murray, from the family’s lawyers Irwin Mitchell, said: “The fact an operation to remove Mr Longmore’s appendix was completely unsuccessful, followed by a two-month delay in recognising that the appendicectomy was unsuccessful, is extremely concerning, but for the hospital not to review Mr Longmore even once they were aware the operation had failed is totally unacceptable.

“This case highlights how basic errors so often have a tragic and devastating effect on the lives of patients and their families.

“It is vital that the NHS conducts a thorough review of this case to make sure this does not happen again in the future.”

Professor Tim Hendra, medical director at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We would like to offer our deepest sympathies to Mr Longmore’s family and we are deeply sorry for the distress.”

He added: “The care provided to Mr Longmore fell below the high standard that we aim to provide and we are commissioning an external investigation to review the treatment. We will use the findings of the investigation to learn lessons, take any necessary action and respond accordingly.”

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