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Monday, 11 July 2016

The family of a woman who died at St George’s Hospital, says she could still be alive if "communication had been better."

54 year old Janet Wooding from Hampton Hill, died in 2013, following a “catalogue of errors” while she was being treated.

She was transferred to St George’s after an operation on a brain aneurysm which had led to an abscess on her brain.

Whilst undergoing treatment Mrs Wooding developed a rare condition, metabolic acidosis, which was noted by the attending junior doctors.

However, the family claims they failed to alert any of the consultants in charge of her care, nor weekend staff looking after her.

As the consultants treating Mrs Wooding were unaware of her condition, they planned to carry out surgery on her to close her skull operation wound.

As she was being prepared for surgery, the consultant anaesthetist did discover the metabolic acidosis, but it's alleged he elected to proceed with the surgery.

Following the operation, Mrs Wooding’s metabolic acidosis deteriorated and she was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit but sadly she died a few days later on the 27th of September 2013.

After her death, St George’s Hospital undertook a Serious Incident Investigation Report which was 67 pages long.

The report highlighted failures in assessing Mrs Wooding’s metabolic acidosis and in the communication between the junior and senior doctors.

At an inquest held at Westminster Coroner’s Court in October 2014, the failings were acknowledged but staff at St George’s Hospital maintained that even if Mrs Wooding’s metabolic acidosis had been reported, it was so rare that its cause would not have been discovered and treatment administered in time to avoid her death.

The hospital says it would be happy to speak to the family again.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 1:42 pm  

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