Husband waiting for report into death of wife five months later
A HUSBAND who was not allowed to see his wife as she lay dying in hospital says he is unable to move on with his life because he is still waiting for a report into the circumstances of her death five months later.
The family of Janet Law, who died at Royal Cornwall Hospital Teliske (RCHT) on March 24, has said it is still “waiting for closure” and believes the report will help them.
“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.
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“Was she alone, did she say anything before she died?
“Did she have any message for us?
“We still don’t know.”
Mr law paid £50 for a report, which 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.”
Mrs Law had suffered from cancer for 18 months.
She was admitted into RCHT on FRiday, March 22.
The next day the family was told they could not come in to see her because of an outbreak of Norovirus.
On Sunday morning, Mr Law was asked to come to the hospital. When he arrived his wife had passed away.
“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.”
RCHT nurse executive, Andrew MacCallum, said: “We would again express our sincere condolences to Mr Law following the loss of his wife at what is a difficult and emotional time for him and his family.
“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.”