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Family release photo of Christmas lunch victim

Della Callagher
Della Callagher, 46, died after suffering food poisoning following the turkey lunch. Credit: Family handout

The family of Della Callagher, who died after suffering suspected food poisoning after eating a Christmas Day pub lunch in Essex, have released a photo of her.

Her husband, John Callagher, earlier attacked Queen's Hospital in Romford for its treatment of his wife.


Husband 'disgusted' over treatment of poisoned wife

Della Callagher, 46, felt ill after the meal at the Railway Hotel and was taken to the Queen's Hospital in Romford, her husband John told the Evening Standard.

The hospital effectively turned my wife away when there could have been more of a chance of saving her life.

It was disgusting the way she was dealt with.

We were about to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.

Della was so fit and healthy, I can’t believe it. This is devastating.

Dr Mike Gill, Medical Director at Queen's Hospital, said:

A patient attended our Emergency Department on Boxing Day with what appeared to be food poisoning. The patient was seen and fully assessed by a senior clinician, and given appropriate treatment and advice before returning home.

The Trust followed accepted medical practice. We will be fully reviewing the case. We have written to the family offering our condolences at this very difficult time and inviting them to meet with medical staff who can answer any queries or concerns they may have.

Pub owners 'fully cooperating' with HPA poisoning inquiry

Ember Inns, which owns the Railway Hotel in Hornchurch in Essex, has said its food was prepared to the highest hygiene standards.

A spokesman told the London Evening Standard:

The local authority is investigating an alleged food poisoning outbreak at the Railway.

We are fully co-operating.

Until the investigation is complete we can’t speculate about a possible cause or source.


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