THE family of a Wootton Wawen man who died after breaking his hip in a fall at Warwick Hospital think the level of care he received was "farcical".
It took three x-rays after Ray Hogan’s fall on the 30th September for doctors to realise the 69-year-old had fractured his left hip.
Two days after an operation to fix it - that the surgeon said “went smoothly” - Ray died at 2.10am on 5th October from problems in his left leg.
At an inquest into his death today (Wednesday), one of Ray’s doctors, Nigel Clarke, told the family this was probably a coincidence, and blamed his death on vascular problems that did not allow blood to be pumped to his legs.
Jason Hogan, one of Ray’s sons, asked: “It just happened to be the one that he had the operation on?”
Ray, who was too weak from a urine infection and other heart problems to have his leg amputated, had probably had the vascular problem for decades, said Dr Clarke.
Ray's wife Sonia, and their three sons, Paul, Simon, and Jason, were all present at the inquest. Before his death, the family had lodged a complaint over the level of care he had received.
They asked Matron Kathy Wagstaff at the inquest why there were no side barriers on the bed he had climbed out of before the fall.
She told them it was safer to put patients who might get out of bed and injure themselves in beds that descend to the floor. If they are determined to get out, they will climb over the barriers and just fall further to the floor, she said.
Jason said: "You're telling me in one breath his legs were very bad, and then you're telling me even if the sides were up he could have climbed out."
His brother Paul described the level of care his dad received as a farce, and the way the family were treated as a bit of an insult.
Assistant deputy coroner John Buckley said he was satisfied there was no neglect from the hospital but because of the fall, he said Ray did not die of natural causes, and recorded a verdict of accidental death.
A spokesperson for South Warwickshire NHS Trust, who run Warwick Hospital, said: "We would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of Mr Hogan and the trust is continuing to work directly with his family to answer any further questions they may have."
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