Family still waiting for closure because of delayed report
A HUSBAND who was not allowed to see his wife as she lay dying in hospital says he is still awaiting a report into the circumstances of her death five months later.
The family of Janet Law, who died at Royal Cornwall Hospital (RCH) on March 24, said they were still "waiting for closure" and believed the report will help.
"The children are asking me what happened to their mother," said Mrs Law's husband, Trevor Law.
"I want to know what happened that night.
"Was she alone? Did she say anything before she died? Did she have any message for us?
"We still don't know."
Mr Law, of Connor Downs, paid £50 for a report he believes will answer his questions.
"I was told the report would take 50 days – it has been five months. Yesterday they told me it would be another month.
"We are all still waiting for closure."
Having suffered from ovarian cancer for 18 months, Mrs Law was admitted to RCH on March 22.
The next day the family was told they could not visit because of an outbreak of Norovirus.
Early the following morning Mr Law was asked to get to the hospital, but by the time he arrived his wife had died of peritonitis, small bowel obstruction and small bowel perforation.
"She was so much a part of my life for 50 years and I still do not know what happened.
"I can't move on with my life. I want to know why they didn't call me in before she died so I could hold her hand and make things right and say goodbye."
"To make it worse, I was later told that I could have signed a disclaimer and entered the hospital. "I think something ought to be done.
"I do not like to complain but this has gone beyond a joke."
Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust nurse executive Andrew MacCallum said: "Changes are being made to the way we manage visiting during an outbreak of Norovirus to ensure the circumstances under which visiting should always be allowed to continue are absolutely clear to staff and visitors.
"We are nearing completion of the detailed investigation into the concerns Mr Law has raised.
"Given their complexity and the different agencies involved this has taken longer than we would have wanted it to.
"We will be responding to Mr Law very shortly and I would also be very happy to meet with him."