A coroner has ruled that a three-year-old boy died after a new NHS computer system failed to schedule him for a vital heart scan. Samuel Starr from Frome had made a good recovery from surgery after being born with a heart defect.
But a fault in the hospital's bookings system resulted in a five month delay in him receiving further treatment. He died a month later in the arms of his parents. Katie Rowlett reports:
– ROYAL UNITED HOSPITAL BATH NHS TRUST
We offer our sincere condolences to the family of Samuel, and are very sorry for the delay in him being seen in the specialist outpatient clinic.
As the Coroner noted following her narrative finding, we have already taken action to correct any issues relating to the booking of outpatient appointments.
Coroner records narrative verdict into the death of #samuelstarr -a new nhs computer system at RUH 'failed' to schedule him for vital scans.
The coroner is expected to deliver his verdict later today in the case of Samuel Starr who died after heart surgery.
Samuel had the surgery at the Bristol Children's Hospital when he was just nine months old, and died aged three.
The inquest heard that a new computer at the Royal United Hospital in Bath failed to generate check up appointments in the months after the procedure.
The inquest into the death of a 3 year old boy has heard from a surgeon from the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
Samuel Starr underwent complex heart surgery at the hospital when he was just 9 months old. The surgeon who operated on him today admitted he had never operated on a child with that amount of narrowing and that his operation would have been 'simpler' if it had been performed earlier.
Samuel Starr's surgeon says he was 'very disappointed' when the young boy woke up after surgery and had suffered a stroke. He told the inquest he had never operated on a child with that amount of narrowing.
Yesterday the inquest was told a new computer system failed to generate check up appointments at the nearby Royal United Hospital in Bath.
The inquest into the death of a three-year-old boy will hear from the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children later.
Samuel Starr underwent complex heart surgery at the hospital when he was just nine months old. Yesterday the inquest was told that a new computer system failed to generate check up appointments at the nearby Royal United Hospital in Bath.
An inquest has heard that a 3 year old boy died following an operation at the Bristol Children's Hospital after huge delays to his follow up appointments.
Samuel Starr, who was from Frome, was born with a serious heart condition and was supposed to have regular scans at the Royal United Hospital in Bath to check if his condition had worsened.
This morning on inquest heard he wasn't seen properly by doctors for 20 months.