The widow of a Bromsgrove businessman and former West Bromwich Albion footballer will tell Worcestershire Coroners Court on Tuesday (February 12) of delays, mistakes and a lack of care for her husband before his death on Christmas Eve 2017. The inquest is expected to take two days.
Colin Jones, who died after a brain haemorrhage aged 54, was well-known in Bromsgrove for his flower business, and had played for the club at around the same time as Cyrille Regis. He died in hospital in Coventry, where he had been transferred from Worcester.
Jayne Jones, who witnessed his care both in Worcester and in Coventry, has said in her statement to the court: “No-one listened to us, even when I tried to get help – no-one listened. From what I have seen, the treatment that Colin received at Worcester was unacceptable. Our experience at Coventry was so different.”
She and their three daughters have called on his GP practice, Worcestershire Royal Hospital and the West Midlands Ambulance service to take responsibility for the failings she alleges in their care of Colin, who suffered from a heart condition caused by high blood pressure. He was on long-term blood pressure medication and had been warned his blood pressure must be kept within normal limits, but the family are concerned that it was allowed to remain raised at times. They question the GP practice’s care of Colin.
The inquest will hear that the ambulance trust admit that they should have taken Colin to hospital when they were first called to him on December 23. The second crew, attending the following day, did take him.
Ally Taft, partner and clinical negligence specialist, said: “Even once he reached hospital, the family believe there were delays in Colin being seen and treated, delays in transferring scans to the neurosurgeons at Coventry and delays in transferring him to Coventry. By the time surgery was carried out, it was too late to save him.
“Colin’s family feel that they have been let down by all those involved, except the staff at Coventry, and they want the medical professionals involved to stand up and be counted, so that others don’t have to suffer as he did and as Jayne and his daughters are still suffering.”
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