Death due to delays in the removal of gallstones – £250,000

In December 2006, Mrs Howell had an endoscopic procedure (ERCP) with sphincterotomy and insertion of a stent after being diagnosed with a large stone in her common bile duct. The stone was planned to be broken up by lithotriptor in the New Year but, despite efforts to chase it, Mrs Howell didn’t receive an appointment. Two years later, she had repeated bouts of jaundice and hospital admissions and underwent several ERCPs for multiple stones.

In January 2009, she became very ill and was admitted to hospital where she had another ERCP and her common bile duct stone was broken up. She was unfit for surgery and her condition deteriorated. Her kidneys began to fail and she was transferred to the High Dependency Unit where she sadly died after cardiac arrest.

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