A man died 11 days after discharging himself from hospital even though doctors warned him not to.
Gary Simpkin had lung cancer and he had just gone through an operation on his left lung and doctors wanted him to have a CT scan.
But the 52-year-old left the hospital seven days later, an inquest heard, reports Stoke-on-Trent Live.
The tyre-fitter, from Holmcroft, Stafford, was later taken ill and returned to hospital where he had emergency surgery before passing away.
Gary was diagnosed with cancer after going to his GP with breathing issues late last year. He had surgery on his left lung on January 8 and the CT scan was ordered on January 14 – only for him to leave the hospital the next day.
In a statement, step-daughter Samantha Tinkler said: “He was told he needed a CT scan. He got fed up of waiting. He signed a form to self-discharge against the advice of the doctors and all his family.”
Gary was readmitted to the Royal Stoke University Hospital on January 24. A CT scan revealed that the remaining part of his left lung was ‘grossly infected’. He did not recover from his emergency surgery two days later.
Doctors said if he had stayed in hospital following his first operation, the scan would have picked up the infection and allowed for it to be treated.
North Staffordshire assistant coroner Sarah Murphy concluded that Gary died from a ‘recognised complication of surgery’.
She said: “There were no failures of care on the part of the hospital. It’s unfortunate that Mr Simpkin decided to discharge himself. It clearly would have been in his best interests to remain in hospital.
“It is deeply tragic that, when he re-presented at hospital, the infection had progressed so much that they were unable to save his life.”
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