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Man died of sepsis after being sent home from Milton Keynes Hospital A&E

A father-of-two died of sepsis three days after being sent home from A&E with antibiotics for a suspected urinary tract infection, an inquest heard.

Alex Blewitt, 48, died in July 2022 after suffering a cardiac arrest caused by a perforated bowel and sepsis.

Senior coroner for Milton Keynes, Dr Sean Cummings, said Mr Blewitt's death was avoidable.

The coroner recorded a narrative conclusion and said he intended to issue a prevention of future deaths report.

Mr Cummings said: "The doctor, who saw and assessed Mr Blewitt in the emergency department, did not read the Urgent Care Centre communication that was provided and did not record important factual information in the clinical note.

"Mr Blewitt was discharged, but returned two days later when suffering with sepsis due to a previously undiagnosed bowel perforation."

Mr Blewitt's widow, Amy Blewitt, said: "Alex was in such pain and kept asking the hospital for help, but they sent him home.

"My plea to the hospital is please, please don't let this type of mistake ever happen to anyone else ever again."

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Source: BBC News, 22 March 2023


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