Patient died after doctors treated the wrong lung

By Gillian Crotty

A coroner has said that a number of serious hospital errors "contributed to the cause of death" of a patient who received treatment on the wrong lung at a hospital in Kent.

Herbert Chandler, aged 85, was admitted to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford on 17th January 2013. He died when a chest drain was carried out on the wrong lung and it collapsed. Coroner Rachel Redman said "systemic errors have caused or contributed to the death", including the failure to request a new chest X-ray before the procedure. The East Kent Hospitals University NHS Trust have implemented new protocols as a result of the fatal incident, and lung procedures will be carried out by two members of staff, and only after a safety check list has been completed.

The hospital has also apologised to Mr Chandler's family, but his son Alan voiced his despair at the hospital errors, saying "It shouldn't happen should it? There's no excuse for it."

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