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Hospital payout after lung cancer is misdiagnosed as a chest infection - full report

by Chris Halpin

A hospital has paid out thousands of pounds to the family of a man from Coventry whose cancer was misdiagnosed as a chest infection.

Frank Golby, who was a smoker, went to the University Hospital Coventry in 2010 with a persistent cough.

His scan was misread, and doctors only found out he had a cancerous growth on his lung after his death.

Watch Chris Halpin's full report above.

Lawyer: 'family have been devastated'

The lawyer representing Frank Golby's family, who've received a five figure payout from the University Hospital Coventry after doctors failed to spot he had lung cancer, said:

"The Golby family have been devastated by what has happened.

The fact that Frank's cancer was completely missed back in 2010 meant he never had the opportunity to access the cancer treatment he so desperately needed."

"Following the Trust's full admission that the errors led to Frank's untimely death, we very much hope that the Hospital has since learnt lessons from this tragedy and has put in place changes in the way scans are checked and reviewed, to ensure that a fundamental error such as this is not allowed to happen again."

– Neil Clayton, Lawyer, Lime Solicitors

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Hospital apologise over Frank Golby's death

Speaking about the death of Frank Golby, who died aged 65 at the University Hospital Coventry after doctors failed to spot he had lung cancer, its chief medical officer said.

“I would like to apologise to Mr Golby’s wife and his family that his cancer was not recognised when his scan was read.

While errors of this kind are extremely rare, it doesn’t detract from the pain and distress this has caused.

We have reviewed how the mistake was made and have tried to learn lessons from it.

We hope that the financial settlement can help in some way but we recognise it will never compensate Mr Golby’s family for their loss."

– Meghana Pandit, Chief Medical Officer

Hospital admits failures over misdiagnosed lung cancer death

Frank Golby, 65, died from lung cancer after being told he had a chest infection Credit: ITV Central

University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust has admitted that doctors misdiagnosed man with a chest infection instead of lung cancer.

Frank Golby, 65, from Whoberley, first went to hospital with a persistent cough in 2010, but died in February last year.

Medics failed to spot a 1cm tumor in an early CT scan, and by the time the growth was noticed it was five times its original size.

Mr Golby died before he was able to have any treatment for the cancer, which experts admit could have extended his life by around ten years.

The hospital has apologised to the family, who have accepted a five figure out of court settlement.

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