Boy, 3, died of heart problems after vital scans delay

A coroner has recorder a narrative verdict into the death of three-year-old Samuel Starr. A new NHS system "failed" to schedule him for vital scans.

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Computer 'failure' led to Samuel's death

A three-year-old heart patient died after a new NHS computer system "failed" to schedule him for a vital hospital scan - leading to a delay in his treatment, a coroner has ruled.

Undated family handout photo of three-year-old Samuel Starr. Credit: Family handout/PA Wire

Samuel Starr, who was born with a congenital cardiac defect, underwent surgery not long after his birth in 2010 and made a good recovery.

However, medics said he would still need regular tests to check on his progress at Bath's Royal United Hospital.

But a delay came after a new computer system, called Cerner Millennium, was rolled out and Samuel did not have a crucial scan for 20 months after his first major operation.

When he finally had the appointment, doctors found Samuel needed open heart surgery. During the procedure, Samuel suffered a stroke.

Further complications followed and he died in the arms of his devastated parents, Catherine Holley and Paul Starr, a month later.

Avon Coroner Maria Voisin today, recording a narrative conclusion, ruled the booking system meant Samuel was not seen and did not receive treatment.

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