Death of a woman at Northampton General Hospital could have been avoided if more checks were made

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The death of a woman in hospital could have been avoided if “more timely and appropriate treatment was given,” an inquest was told.

Jatinder Kaur Sethi, known as Rosie, died on March 17 last year after suffering a cardiac arrest and taking gastric fluid into her chest, following an operation to have two hernias removed at Northampton General Hospital (NGH).

But her family believed her death was the result of poor staffing and communication at the hospital, leading to a lack of patient observation and a failure to call senior doctors when Miss Sethi’s condition deteriorated.

During an inquest at Northampton’s County Hall yesterday, Northamptonshire senior coroner, Anne Pember, said that there had been “insufficient observation” in the two days between Miss Sethi’s operation and her death.

Miss Sethi, aged 38, had been living in supported accommodation at Ryan QC Homes Ltd, in Manor Road, Moulton.

Her brother, Amar, said: “Wherever she went she left a huge mark on people. She never hesitated to talk to anybody, even if she was unwell, and she loved her family.

“Hospitals look after human lives and things like this are not good enough.”

The inquest heard evidence from nurses, doctors, and healthcare assistants describing how they cared for Miss Sethi, but none called for a senior doctor as she began to struggle to breathe because she seemed “alert” and “comfortable”.

NGH has since taken measures to improve patient care. A spokesman said: “We express our sincere condolences to the Sethi family and are deeply sorry for their loss. We acknowledge there were failures to provide Jatinder with the best possible care that we strive to give.

“Since March 2013 we have significantly increased nurse staffing throughout the hospital. We have also carried out an intensive programme of training to help staff more quickly recognise the signs of deteriorating patients and to ensure they receive the appropriate level of care without delay.”