Search

Hornchurch woman died day after hospital discharge, but no missed diagnosis - inquest

PUBLISHED: 16:06 04 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:20 04 February 2013

Sheila Butcher's inquest took place at Walthamstow Coroner's Court

Sheila Butcher's inquest took place at Walthamstow Coroner's Court

Archant

An elderly woman died the day after being discharged from hospital.

But an inquest recorded that there was no missed diagnosis in the days prior to the death of Sheila Butcher.

The 73-year-old, from Hornchurch, died of acute peritonitis because of a stomach ulcer.

She passed away on January 6 2011, having been discharged from Queen’s Hospital in Rom Valley Way, Romford on January 5.

Walthamstow Coroner’s Court heard today that she suffered from diabetes and high cholesterol, and had been admitted to hospital on December 31st after suffering mobility problems.

Hospital staff also believed she was suffering from gastroenteritis while she was there.

She was still complaining to family members about stomach pains on January 5.

But neither her GP, nor clinicians at Queen’s Hospital had recorded stomach pains as an issue for her.

The court heard that Mrs Butcher would have been asked regularly by hospital staff whether she felt any pain and at no point was the box ticked on their form to indicate that she did.

On the day she was discharged, a registrar had recorded her as feeling “well”.

Her GP Dr Suhail Hameed told the inquest that he had called her on the day she passed away to check how she was feeling, and sent a “rapid response team” to her Haynes Road home.

He said: “A normal GP might not have done it but I took the extra precaution. The rapid response team visited her and gave her a total check up – there was no stomach pain.”

The inquest heard that some stomach ulcer sufferers only feel intermittent pain and that it was possible she had not been feeling any at the times when she was asked by hospital staff.

Coroner Chinyere Inyama recorded a verdict of natural causes.

He said: “I’m satisfied that there wasn’t a missed diagnosis on the evidence I’ve heard. Therefore there’s no human culpability.”

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

19:02

Two men needed hospital treatment for injuries last night following a reported altercation in Rainham.

A man appeared in court today after a Ferrari parked on a drive was left “burnt out” in a suspected arson attack.

A woman will be taking part in a charity fun run in Hyde Park on Sunday in memory of her son who died after suffering a stroke at the age of 18.

A four-year-old boy had a dream come true when Transformers’ Optimus Prime made a surprise visit to his school today.

Work is due to start today on building 46 new homes and two new commercial units in Briar Road, Harold Hill as the latest phase of Havering Council’s housing programme gets under way.

Residents are outraged at the decision to build new houses and apartments on their only communal green space where their children play.

Yesterday, 15:00

A look back at the biggest local stories from this day 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Yesterday, 12:00

Whether it is by winning medals at local diving competitions or helping beginners perfect their moves, the Havering Cormorants never fails to make a splash.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now