Royal Surrey County Hospital has apologised unreservedly to the family of a man, whose life could have been saved had he been given an emergency medical procedure.
Alex Lockyer, 45, from Guildford, suffered a tear in a major blood vessel, which led to his tragic death at his family home on May 20.
Mr Lockyer’s chest pains began after he collapsed while filming his daughter at her school prom.
After his initial “episode”, he was taken to RSCH where he was discharged a day later. This was despite concerns raised over the family’s history of heart-related illnesses.
He then visited his GP practice Dapdune House Surgery three times with continued chest pains throughout the week.
He collapsed, again at his family home, and despite his wife, Sara, 44, calling an ambulance and beginning CPR, he tragically passed away.
Bringing Mr Lockyer’s inquest at Woking Coroner’s Court to a conclusion, Coroner Anna Crawford said “he was not investigated by way of a CT scan”, which at previous hearings was heard to be an effective way of detecting an aortic dissection – a tear in the aorta – with a 70% success rate.
The aorta is one of the major blood vessels serving the heart and is responsible for delivering oxygen to the whole body via the blood.
Guildford dad ‘could have survived’ if he’d undergone emergency procedure – coroner
Now, Royal Surrey has offered “an unreserved apology” to Mr Lockyer’s family.
A spokesman said: “The trust would like to offer an unreserved apology to Mr Lockyer’s family for failings in some aspects of the care provided, which led to missed opportunities to achieve a better outcome.
“Following his death, we carried out a careful and detailed investigation, the results of which were shared with both his family and the coroner.
“Nothing can make up for the loss of a loved one, but we hope that Mr Lockyer’s family have been reassured that lessons have been learned and necessary steps taken to minimise the risk of this happening again.
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies remain with Mr Lockyer’s family and friends and we would like to take this opportunity to again offer our condolences.”