Glyn Roberts died on the 29th December 2008, at the Ysbyty Glan Clywd Hospital following a cardiac arrest due to the progression of Pancreatic Cancer. Following the families concerns regarding Mr Robert’s death, and appeals to the Coroner on their behalf an inquest was launched.
Mr Roberts had a previous medical history in relation to the disease, having previously overcome Prostate Cancer being given the all clear in 2008. In October 2008 Mr Roberts began to suffer from a number of symptoms and fell seriously ill, he was later diagnosed with Pneumonia by his GP and treated accordingly. Unfortunately his health did not improve and his condition began to deteriorate. In December 2008 Mr Robert’s sort medical help from the private sector, and was seen by a Cancer Specialist who confirmed he was suffering from cancer. The CT scan revealed a mass in the left side of the abdomen and widespread metastatic disease in noes, liver and lung. Following the request of an urgent biopsy Mr Robert’s was admitted to hospital on the 22nd December. Mr Robert’s was discharged for Christmas but unfortunately was admitted back to hospital just six days later. His condition continued to deteriorate rapidly and he passed away within a few days.
At the inquest Professor Price, Consultant in Clinical Oncology stated that Pancreatic Cancer is an exceedingly difficult condition to detect and the GP’s diagnosis was reasonable considering the symptoms Mr Robert’s suffered from. Unfortunately given the stage of the Cancer nothing could have been done to save Mr Robert’s. However, whilst this was accepted, concerns were raised about the level of care Mr Robert’s received in his final days.
Following numerous complaints from Mr Robert’s family an inquiry was launched which highlighted a number of significant failings on behalf of the hospital. The Public Service Ombudsman was extremely critical and raised a number of concerns. Changes have since been made in line with the Ombudsman’s report. To read a full account of this case study, click here.