Plea to trace relatives after pensioner dies in hospital

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Hospital bosses have issued an appeal to trace the relatives of a pensioner who has died in hospital.

George Dobson Matthews, who is believed to have previously lived in Hartlepool, was aged 73 and lived in Northallerton.

Middlesbrough’s James Cook Hospital said in a statement: “We are trying to trace the relatives of George Dobson Matthews, who sadly died on Saturday, 5 August, in Friarage Hospital.

“George lived in Northallerton and was 73 years old.

“Please could relatives contact our bereavement services on (01642) 835929 or (01642) 835638 (8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday).”