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NHS trust pays £150,000 compensation after man dies following discharge

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The wife of a man who died a day after being discharged from an NHS hospital has been awarded £150,000 compensation by the Nottingham University Hospitals trust.

David Whittaker, 61, had gone to the city’s Queen’s Medical Centre complaining of chest pains. It was later found he had suffered an aortic dissection - a tear in a major coronary blood vessel.

The family lawyer, Steve Wengraf, medical negligence partner at Rutherfords Solicitors, says the hospital failed to carry out a vital scan that may have revealed Mr Whittaker’s condition.

A trust spokesman said: “Had appropriate treatment been provided, Mrs Whittaker late husband would probably have survived.

“A settlement was reached with Mrs Whittaker. This accepts an inappropriate failure to diagnose and treat her late husband’s aortic dissection.

“I wish to offer our sincere apologies in respect of the shortcomings identified in Mr Whittaker’s care at the time of his death.”

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