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Father-of-two, 50, was dying from cardiac arrest at his GP surgery but staff didn't tell his wif


A father-of-two was dying in a GP surgery while his wife was out in the waiting room where staff failed to tell her he had gone into cardiac arrest, it was revealed today.

David Currie, 50, died in hospital almost four hours after arriving at Fletton Surgery in Peterborough on October 3 2016.

His wife Caroline, 39, was oblivious to his fragile state when she arrived with a change of clothes for her husband and says she saw medical staff 'running around with defibrillators’.

David had gone to the GP with diarrhoea and complaining of chest pains – but medical staff suspected gastroenteritis.

Two and a half hours after he first arrived an ambulance was called when he became pale and breathless and paramedics gave him CPR.

He was rushed to Peterborough City Hospital and he died at 3pm – more than three and a half hours after he first arrived at Fletton Surgery.

Mrs Currie, who is yet to give evidence at his inquest at Huntingdon Coroner's Court, has said she sat in the waiting room for most of that time and had no idea that her husband was dying.

Paramedics arrived and gave CPR to David at 1.40pm and he was rushed to Peterborough City Hospital with a defibrillator connected to him and he died at 3pm - three and a half hours after he first arrived at Fletton Surgery.

Mrs Currie, who is yet to give evidence at his inquest, has said sat in the waiting room and had no idea that her husband was dying.

David Currie, 50, died of heart failure after spending more than two-and-a-half hours in the GP's surgery as his wife sat outside

Surgery nurses say that David had not shown signs of cardiac arrest, despite his claims that he had chest pain through the night.

On duty nurse Claire Stilgrove told the hearing at Huntingdon Coroner's Court: 'At no point during the time I saw him that day did he complain of chest pain or shortage of breath.'

She said that had he shown chest pains on the phone on the morning of Oct 3 or at any moment in the surgery, an emergency ambulance would have been called for.

She added: 'If he had told me he was experiencing chest pain that morning we would have called for an ambulance straight away.

'When he phoned that morning he also did not have chest pains.'

Ms Stilgrove said that she was 'able to exclude a cardiac arrest' when discussing his illness over the phone that morning.

The inquest heard Mr Currie's symptoms were 'severe back pain' and 'dizziness'. At the reception he said that was feeling 'unwell' as he 'leaned over the reception desk' with 'his 'head down'.

Shortly after, he was found by nurses sitting on the floor of the bathroom having vomited.

He was put in a wheechair by nurses and taken to treatment room where observations were made and a 'non urgent ambulance was called' to arrive in the hour.

Ms Stilgrove, who began monitoring him intermittently said: 'He appeared like a patient that had gastroenteritis. He was talking to me, he was sitting up and he was walking around.'

The inquest heard how David made repeated trips to the loo from the observation room but Ms Stilgrove reiterated that he showed no signs of developing cardiac arrest.

On his final trip to the bathroom she checked on him and added: 'He was as well as someone with gastroenteritis could appear. He was not short of breath, he was not pale, he was not clammy.

'He was a little off colour he was a little tired perhaps.'

David was said to 'deteriorate quickly' after returning to the observation room and making a call while the nurse was out.

Ms Stilgrove added: 'I heard him talking. I heard him talking on the phone and I gave him privacy before I returned to the room.'

'When I returned he asked to lie down and he lay on the couch and at first he was fine but then he started to go pale and was breathless.

'This is where it became clear.'

A post mortem concluded that David died of acute left ventricular failure which was only aided by gastroenteritis.

The inquest listed for two days continues.

Culled from Daily Mail

My view: That's so sad.