An 82 year old business man who died following surgery in South Wales in 2012 received “less than optimum” care, a Coroner has ruled.
Malcolm Green began bleeding internally after an operation to remove a tumour at the Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest. The Milford Haven Inquest heard he died of natural causes not contributed to by neglect.
The former car salesman had undergone surgery on 26th June to remove a tumour in his colon. When his blood pressure dropped overnight investigations revealed internal bleeding. Mr Green was prepared for surgery at 10am the following morning but the procedure did not commence for another 3 hours. He died 3 days later after suffering multiple organ failure.
The Assistant Coroner for Pembrokeshire, Michael Howells, delivered a narrative conclusion to the Inquest. He said that staff at the hospital had now taken steps to rectify procedures.