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Coroner finds neglect after Carlisle hospital twice fails to diagnose obstruction of the small bowel

<!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/georgina-nolan/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Georgina Nolan</a> represented the family of Frances Richardson, a sixty eight year old who died after staff at Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle twice failed to diagnose an obstruction of the small bowel. At an inquest in Cockermouth, coroner Dr Nicholas Shaw concluded that Mrs Richardson’s death was as a result of natural causes contributed to by neglect.<br>The inquest heard that Mrs Richardson had a lump in her stomach for four to six weeks and had been vomiting. Her GP said it was a hernia and referred her to hospital for a CT scan. Despite the CT scan suggesting an obstruction of the small bowel Mrs Richardson was discharged home and told the hernia would be repaired in the next few months. She became more unwell and returned to hospital four<br>days later where again the bowel obstruction was not identified. She died the following day having suffered a cardiac arrest. The coroner Dr Shaw found that had Mrs Richardson’s condition been recognised she would have been taken to theatre and successfully treated. He found that there were gross failings in the management of her case and entered a conclusion of natural causes contributed to by neglect.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Read more on the case at <a href="https://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/20097247.carlisle-hospital-staff-failed-correctly-diagnose-woman-inquest-hears/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">www.timesandstar.co.uk</a></p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/georgina-nolan/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Georgina Nolan</a> has over fifteen years’ experience representing families, commercial and healthcare organisations, government departments and local authorities in inquests particularly high profile, Article 2 and jury inquests. She is joint head of Parklane Plowden’s inquests team and sits as an Assistant Coroner in Newcastle and Northumberland.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->

Georgina Nolan represented the family of a father found hanged in an NHS Mental Health Hospital

<!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Inquest jury finds NHS Trust failed to commence CPR after mistakenly believing that a patient detained under the Mental Health Act had a do not attempt resuscitation (DNAR) order in place.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Georgina Nolan represented the family of the deceased in an inquest which concluded on April 21<sup>st</sup> 2022. The inquest jury found that the deceased, who suffered from Alzheimer’s Dementia and who had been detained in hospital for assessment under the Mental Health Act took his own life and that observations of him in the hours before his death were inadequate. The jury found that the deceased’s cognitive functioning was such that his intention could not be established. Entering a narrative conclusion, the jury recorded that the deceased was not adequately observed and that there was confusion over whether a DNA resuscitation order was in place resulting in a delay in administering CPR when he was found.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Read full article at <a href="https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/dad-found-hanged-hospital-not-23727904" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">www.gazettelive.co.uk</a></p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p><a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/georgina-nolan/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Georgina Nolan</a> is a specialist inquest barrister, Assistant Coroner and joint head of chambers’ inquests team. She has extensive expertise in Article 2 and jury inquests particularly those involving deaths in custody and state detention. She is direct access qualified. </p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->

Leila Benyounes and Georgina Nolan have been sworn in as Her Majesty’s Assistant Coroners

<!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Parklane Plowden are pleased to announce that Joint Heads of the Inquests and Inquiries Team, <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/leila-benyounes/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Leila Benyounes</span></a> and <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/our-barristers/georgina-nolan/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Georgina Nola</span>n</a>, have been sworn in as Her Majesty’s Assistant Coroners.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>The swearing in ceremony took place on 27 January 2022 at City Hall in Sunderland and was conducted by the Chief Coroner for England and Wales, His Honour Judge Thomas Teague QC and attended by Deputy Chief Coroners, Derek Winter and Her Honour Judge Alexia Durran. The ceremony marked the official opening of the new Coroner’s Court and offices in Sunderland where Derek Winter is Senior Coroner.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Leila was appointed as Assistant Coroner for Gateshead and South Tyneside in June 2021. Georgina was appointed as Assistant Coroner for Newcastle and North Tyneside and North and South Northumberland in October 2021. Both are appointed to the Attorney General’s Civil Panel A.&nbsp;</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Leila and Georgina sit on a part-time basis and remain fully able to accept instructions.&nbsp;</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Ranked by <em>Legal 500 </em>and <em>Chambers and Partners</em>, the <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/expertise/inquests-inquiries-barristers/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Inquests and Inquiries Team</span></a> at Parklane Plowden has a wealth of experience and expertise representing interested persons. The Team has a proven track record handling complex and high-profile cases with media sensitivity.</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph --> <!-- wp:paragraph --> <p>Please click <a href="https://www.parklaneplowden.co.uk/expertise/inquests-inquiries-barristers/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">here</span></a> for further details</p> <!-- /wp:paragraph -->