A FATHER who died in hospital from sepsis following a delay in diagnosing a bowel leak received inadequate care from nursing staff and consultants, a report has revealed.

Simon Healey from Finchampstead, underwent routine surgery at the Berkshire Independent Hospital following his diagnoses of bowel cancer on August 1, 2017.

Six days after the operation, the dad of five was diagnosed with a leaking bowel leading to sepsis.

Despite further surgery to repair the leak, his condition continued to deteriorate, and he died three days later from organ failure caused by septic shock on August 10.

Following the inquest at Reading Town Hall, coroner Heidi Connor ruled that proper reviews could have led to earlier intervention and may have prevented Simon's death.

A Prevention of Future Deaths report has now been issued by the coroner which has called for a review of how private hospitals nationally interpret and use National Early Warning Scores (NEWS).

The system which is widely used across the NHS, uses patients vital signs to quickly detect and respond the deterioration in a person's condition.

In December 2018, the inquest told how no action to escalate Simon's care was taken from either the nursing staff or his treating consultant.

Berkshire Independent Hospital was also criticised for its inadequate investigation into his death, adding that it 'will not learn from sad cases like this if their own investigations are inadequate.'

Alison Healey, Simon's wife, said: "While nothing will ultimately change what we as a family have gone through and continue going through, the publication of this report is a very welcome step forward in relation to Simon's death.

"We believe it highlights clear issues that the hospital can learn from to ensure that no one suffers in the future."

The family sought help from legal experts following the death of their father.

Rebecca Brown, specialist medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell representing the family, said: "Many questions have been raised regarding the care Simon received in the final days of his life and this new report has put a clear spotlight on how matters need to be improved going forward."