Man died days before his wedding after ‘multiple failures’ at London hospital 

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Andy Shewan’s death at Whipps Cross Hospital was ‘avoidable’, an ombudsman found (Picture: Getty)

A man died days before his wedding because of serious failings in hospital care, an ombudsman has ruled.

Andy Shewan’s death was found to be ‘avoidable’, and he would have lived had it not been for ‘multiple failures of care’ at Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone, north-east London.

The 75-year-old and his fiancee, June Richards, were set to marry in January 2019 after 40 years together.

But just days before their big day, Mr Shewan, who had underlying health problems, complained of feeling unwell and was taken to A&E.

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) said staff reassured the couple their wedding would still go ahead.

Mr Shewan’s condition worsened, however, and he was transferred to an acute unit, where he suffered a cardiac arrest. He died the following day.

PHSO Rob Behrens said the hospital failed to take appropriate action when Mr Shewan deteriorated and he was left alone in a side room for more than an hour.

When the monitor indicated an ‘immediate deterioration’, staff failed to call for an emergency clinician.

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The ombudsman said an emergency doctor was only called after 25 minutes but ‘they were too junior and did not respond’.

Ms Richards was not contacted in time to say goodbye to her partner, he added.

The 80-year-old said: ‘I feel very sad and very angry about it. It’s been three years and I still can’t stop crying.

‘He died in pain and on his own. It’s so sad. I didn’t get to say …read more

Source:: Metro News

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