Inquest into Death of Cornwall Woman Following Routine Knee Surgery to Re-open

Posted on: 21st September 2015

Venue: County Hall, Treyew Road, Truro TR1 3AY
Date: 22nd September, 10 am

A one-day inquest into the death of a 79-year old Cornwall woman, at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, following routine knee surgery, will re-open on Tuesday 22nd September. The original inquest was opened and adjourned on 5th May 2015 to allow the coroner, Dr Carlyon, to gather further evidence.

Mrs Audrey Prew, who lived with her husband in Camborne, Cornwall, died on 12th June 2014 at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, ten days after a routine operation on her knee.

Rachel Heelis, medical negligence lawyer at Hodge Jones & Allen in the South West is representing Mrs Prew’s husband, Melvyn, at the inquest. She says there are many questions surrounding Mrs Prew’s pre and post-surgery care that need to be answered: “We hope that the coroner will examine why Mrs Prew’s surgeon did not visit her after her knee operation, the lack of communication with Mrs Prew and her family post-operation, why a possible overdose of morphine was administered on two occasions, the failure to monitor Mrs Prew’s condition every half hour as directed by the hospital doctor, and why no urgent action was taken once her deteriorating condition was recognised.”

The inquest will hear evidence from Mr Robin Kincaid, consultant orthopaedic surgeon who performed knee surgery on Mrs Prew, and Dr Jonathan Myers, consultant in general and respiratory medicine at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

Mrs Prew’s husband, Melvyn Prew will not be attending the inquest but issued the following statement via his solicitor: “I remain completely devastated and shocked at losing my wonderful wife, Audrey. I cannot comprehend how she went in for routine surgery and never came home from hospital. It was completely unexpected. Those few days she was in hospital are a blur to me and I could see her slipping away and that no one seemed to be doing anything to help her. I believe she went before her time. My life will never be the same without her and I hope that my issues will be fully explored and lessons learnt so that no other family has to go through what me and my family have had to.’
The inquest is expected to conclude on 22nd September and a statement from Mr Prew and his solicitor will be issued after the conclusion.
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Notes to editors:

Hodge Jones & Allen was founded in 1977 in Camden and has 200 staff based in Euston NW1. The firm practices personal injury, clinical negligence, civil liberties, family law, wills and probate, housing, dispute resolution, criminal defence and serious fraud.
Hodge Jones & Allen has a base in the South West serving clients in Devon and Cornwall which was established in 2013

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