A family has been awarded £170,000 after doctors failed to properly treat the bowel problem of a man who went on to die as a result of his complaint.
The 61-year-old man was admitted to North Manchester General Hospital in August 2015 after suffering several weeks of severe abdominal pain and vomiting.
Doctors at the hospital treated the man before referring him to the hospital’s surgical team with a suspected bowel obstruction.
A plan was put in place following his diagnosis to treat his condition using intravenous fluids, a nasogastric tube, urinary catheter and pain relief.
However, the family’s legal representatives argued that this was not adequately followed by staff at the hospital.
The NG tube and a urinary catheter had not been fitted, meaning the man’s fluids could not be adequately managed. This resulted in his condition deteriorating and he passed away as a result.
An official investigation was launched after the man’s death, which found that had his condition been managed correctly, he would have been expected to make a full recovery and could have been discharged from hospital just 10 days later.
The court ruled that medical negligence was the cause of his death and the man’s family was awarded a £170,000.