Investigation after stroke victim dies

An elderly stroke victim, who was turned away from King’s Mill hospital because treating him would have meant staff working past their contracted finish time, has died.

The ambulance crew taking John Mallalieu to the Sutton hospital at about 5pm on 13th December was redirected to Nottingham’s City Hospital because the stroke department was closing.

The stroke department at King’s Mill is supposed to stay open until 6pm.

A spokesman from NHS Newark and Sherwood Clinical Commissioning Group confirmed it would have taken over an hour to thrombolyse Mr Mallalieu if he had arrived at the hospital .

Thrombolysis is an injection that can break down blood clots.

Dr Mark Jefford, clinical lead for the group, said it was important to recognise it had collective responsibility for all patients

Paul O’Connor, Chief Executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Trust would like to formally extend our condolences to the family.

“NHS Newark and Sherwood CCG is to launch a formal investigation into the care of Mr Mallalieu. The review will look at all the circumstances and all the organisations involved and will make recommendations taking into account the findings.

“Until the findings of this investigation are complete we are not in a position to make any further comments”.

Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero said: “This is an absolutely tragic case and my heart goes out the family and I want to make sure that we never see a repeat of this kind of incident.

“I have already written to bosses to ensure that safeguards are put in place and for the Trust to outline what the correct procedure actually is because if there is a failing it needs to be fixed and quickly. I will share this answer with Chad readers as soon as I get a reply.”