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Husband died after 14-mile trip to North Tees following a heart attack in Hartlepool hospital car park

Charlie and Doreen Hall

Charlie and Doreen Hall

A GRANDDAD died after suffering a massive heart attack in Hartlepools hospital’s car park - but had to be ferried more than 14 miles by ambulance to be treated.

Tragically medics at North Tees were unable to save charlie Hall and he died after a five-day fight for life in a coma.

Today, his distraught widow Doreen said; “I want to know why he wasn’t taken back into the hospital.”

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust have confirmed they are carrying out an investigation into the circumstances of the tragic death.

Granddad of four Charlie had been for a routine CT scan at the University Hospital of Hartlepool on November 20 but took ill immediately afterwards and collapsed in the car park.

His desperate wife Doreen rushed back inside the building to find a doctor while Charlie was slumped over his car and had stopped breathing.

Nurses dashed out and performed CPR but instead of taking Charlie back in to the hospital, paramedics were called and he was treated in an ambulance, which arrived two minutes later.

The paramedics managed to get Charlie breathing again but he was then taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.

After five days in a coma Charlie died on November 25..

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust have confirmed they are carrying out an investigation into the circumstances of the tragic death.

Today, his devastated wife Doreen, 59, demanded answers.

She said: “I want to know why he wasn’t taken back into the hospital.

“I’ve been torturing myself thinking about it all ever since.

“It was a catalogue of errors right from the very start, now I want answers.”

Heartbroken Doreen has since been told that Charlie, a retired pit miner and dad-of-two from a previous relationship and step-dad-of-three, was suffering with heart disease and also had pneumonia.

His death certificate has recorded his passing as a result of heart disease.

Doreen knew her husband of 23 years was suffering with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), but was shellshocked to discover the sheer extent of his condition as medics revealed he had been living with just 40 per cent capacity of one working lung.

But Doreen said Charlie was never diagnosed and told about the illnesses despite a series of tests in the run up to the CT scan and his tragic death.

It was a niggling pain in his hip which initially prompted Charlie to go and see his GP earlier this year.

Charlie then had an x-ray, an MRI scan, a chest x-ray, a full body bone scan and had bloods taken but Doreen said they didn’t ever receive any results.

And she believes a doctor should have been present when the CT scan was carried out and he shouldn’t have been discharged straight after the scan.

“When he came back to the waiting room after the CT scan two nurses were having to hold him up, he just slumped over the chair and couldn’t even get the breath to get his inhaler,” explained Doreen, of Kirkland Hill, Peterlee.

“He was trying to get his breath back for about 45 minutes, I got him a drink of water and then he managed to take his inhaler.”

The couple left the hospital when Charlie started to feel a bit better, but then he collapsed as they approached the car in the car park.

Devastated Doreen, a mum-of-three from a previous relationship, said: “I want to know why I was only told about the heart disease, pneumonia and the condition of his lungs after he died.

“Surely that should have showed on all of the tests they did on him.

“He was fit and well, the only pain he had was in his hip but he never complained about feeling unwell.

“But if the nurses had been aware of what he was suffering with then they should have realised he may have a reaction to a CT scan and not let him leave the hospital.”

The medical director for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’ve got every sympathy with the family and appreciate that this has been a very difficult time for them.

“We are in discussions with the family and we will do everything we can to address their concerns.”

 

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