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Macclesfield Hospital Criticised by Bereaved Family

Macclesfield Hospital Criticised by Bereaved Family

Macclesfield Hospital has been criticised by the family of a patient who died following a procedure to remove gallstones.

Seventy-six-year-old Ronald Campbell, who came from Congleton and worked at Barracks Printing Company in Macclesfield before his retirement, initially fell ill in late 2012.

He was diagnosed with Mirrizi Syndrome, a rare condition that means the gallstone is creating an obstruction in the gall bladder, and booked in to undergo an operation. However, he experienced major blood loss during the routine procedure, which was carried out at the hospital in March last year; the Macclesfield Express reports.

Mr Campbell was placed on a ventilator but did not recover. As a result, his bereaved family have confirmed they are now planning to take legal action against East Cheshire NHS Trust.

A spokesman for the trust has apologised and expressed its condolences to relatives of Mr Campbell, as well as acknowledged that the care he received was "not what it would have expected".

"The trust carried out an investigation following Mr Campbell's death and has made a number of changes in response to the findings to further improve the services it provides," he commented.

East Cheshire NHS Trust has pledged to make sure that patients with relatively uncommon conditions such as Mirrizi Syndrome are fully assessed by doctors and surgeons before they undergo any operations.

Coroner Nicholas Rheinberg concluded at an Inquest held at Warrington Crown Court that he died as a result of misadventure.

Mr Campbell's son Philip commented, "Now we have learned the true scale of the errors that led to dad's death, we are devastated and angry.

"One day, dad was laughing and joking ahead of routine surgery and the next day he was dead."

He added that the family have been through "turmoil" in the wake of Mr Campbell's death, with his grandchildren Daniel and Emma being particularly hard hit.

By Francesca Witney