A widow has spoken out after a coroner found a grandfather who suffered a fatal allergic reaction to a CT scan was neglected

The widow of a retired engineer who suffered a fatal allergic reaction to a CT scan says she is ‘tormented’ by hospital failings which a coroner found contributed to his death.

Grandad David Horsman, 65, from Westhoughton, went into cardiac arrest after responding to a routine scan at the facility at Royal Bolton Hospital.

An inquest into his death, which concluded last week, revealed a breakdown in communication between the radiographer carrying out the scan and the switchboard operator led to a 17-minute delay in the hospital’s accident team getting to him.

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They managed to resuscitate him, but he died the next day. The inquest heard independent expert medical evidence that with prompt and appropriate care his death would likely have been avoided.

And after a three-day inquest that ended last week, the coroner ruled his death the result of an accident contributed by negligence.

There was a 17 minute delay in the accident team getting to David(Image: Manchester Evening News)

On March 27, 2022, David visited a mobile CT scanner, owned by the private company InHealth, located in the hospital parking lot, for imaging as part of follow-up care after successful bowel cancer surgery.

He was injected with a contrast medium and underwent imaging that lasted a little over a minute. However, not long after that he began to feel ill as he began to cough and his skin turned red.

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