Hospital bosses make tragic admission over death of much-loved mum

Maureen Prest (right) with her daughter Kim
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Hospital bosses have admitted they "could have done things differently" after a much-loved mam died when doctors failed to carry out a scan.

Maureen Lynda Prest from Morecambe was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary by ambulance on March 29 last year after experiencing chest pains. Doctors carried out various tests but failed to consider the possibility that Maureen had an aortic aneurysm.

Maureen, a retired home help who was born in Blackpool, should have undergone a scan which would have revealed the cause of her chest pains. However, she was discharged from hospital, and died the following day at her home in Morecambe.


At an inquest held last week Area Coroner Kate Bisset said: "Mrs Prest should have undergone a CT aortagram which would have demonstrated her difficulties and resulted in transfer to specialist cardiac care."

An aortic aneurysm is a bulge that occurs in the wall of the body's main artery called the aorta. Most aneurysms do not cause any problems but they can be serious because there's a risk they could burst (rupture) as happened in Maureen's case.

Jane McNicholas, Chief Medical Officer at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, said: “It is heart-breaking to lose a loved one and our sincere condolences go to Mrs Prest’s family and friends.

“We acknowledge that we could have done things differently, and while it is uncertain whether the outcome could have been changed, we did miss the opportunity to do a CT scan and diagnose Mrs Prest’s aortic aneurysm. We are sorry for any additional distress this may have caused.

“We have carried out an extensive review of the case to understand what happened and what we can do differently going forward.

"This has led to a number of actions, such as ensuring that senior clinicians provide oversight of patient care in our Same Day Emergency Care service; improving communication between colleagues triaging patients in our Emergency Departments (EDs), paramedics and senior ED clinicians, and sharing the learning from the case with all relevant colleagues so they can be more aware of this relatively rare condition.”