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Inquest into grandmother's death

By Barnsley Chronicle Reporter Thursday 12th June 2014

NEGLECT by medical staff at a crisis-hit NHS hospital contributed to an Elsecar patient's death after a coroner says she was 'forgotten' in the system.

Coroner Julian Fox said grandmother Lorraine Hargreaves, 64, linked her death to a catalogue of errors by doctors and nurses.

The mother-of-two went into Barnsley Hospital complaining of sickness during chemotherapy treatment for a survivable cancer.

Two junior doctors failed to treat her recognised condition as an emergency and two nurses did not carry out observations for nine hours, give her enough fluids or alert senior doctors as she worsened.

Mrs Hargreaves died less than 24 hours after being admitted when icy weather in December 2012 was blamed for a 'chaotic' afternoon.


** The full story appears in the Barnsley Chronicle, dated June 13. **

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