02 December 2013
Widow secures recompense after hospital 'shortcomings'
Sharon Jardine of Wisbech in Cambridgeshire has been granted £100,000 in damages after King's Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital admitted to "deep regret" over the untimely death of her husband in 2009.
A series of errors by doctors and paramedics were shown to have led to the death of Ian Jardine, with his condition misdiagnosed on multiple occasions as muscle strain.
Mr Jardine complained of experiencing a sudden "crushing type pain in his chest" on June 12th 2009 and was rushed to King's Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital where his symptoms were diagnosed as being of musculoskeletal in origin. However, he was told that should the pain continue he could be referred to the chest pain clinic for monitoring.
Just seven days later on June 19th, Mr Jardine once again required ambulance and paramedic services to be called to his home as a result of a severe pain in his chest. However, on this occasion he declined to be taken into hospital. He died later that evening.
It was later confirmed Mr Jardine suffered a coronary thrombus and that both the paramedic and hospital staff should have identified the life-threatening nature of his symptoms.
A spokesperson for East Midlands Ambulance Service stated: "We accept that Mr Jardine's medical condition was not diagnosed properly and, therefore, accepted liability for our part in that.
"We would like to offer our sincere apologies to his family and friends for their very sad loss."
Meanwhile, a representative for King's Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital added: "We wish to apologise to Mrs Jardine and her family and to extend our deep regret for the shortcomings in her husband's care."
Solicitors acting on behalf of the widow stated that had the hospital and first-response staff got their diagnoses correct then Mr Jardine my very well still be alive today. The failure to provide Mr Jardine with fast-tracked access to specialist medical care played a crucial role in his death.