Police investigate Wrexham hospital death

Published date: 05 February 2014 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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THE family of a man whose hospital death is under police investigation is said to be “angry” and “devastated” at their loss.

Grandfather-of-two Alan Walker, 81, of Leeswood, near Mold, died at Wrexham Maelor Hospital on January 22.

The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

North Wales Police said yesterday there had been no arrests in connection with the death but staff at the hospital were “assisting” with inquiries.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) said a small number of staff had been assigned to other duties while the investigation was ongoing.

A source, who did not want to be identified, told the Leader Mr Walker’s death was “a shock to everyone”.

“He had been in the hospital with septicaemia for about a week to 10 days,” the source said.

“He had just got over a tumour and had to have part of his face removed and he overcame that.

“His daughter Olive and granddaughter Sarah went to see him the day he died and said he seemed to be coming round.

“He was due to be leaving the hospital and was going to be put in Mold Community Hospital.

“His daughter got a call about one hour later after visiting him saying he was dead.

“It has come as a big, big shock to the family.

“He was on the mend and going to Mold hospital.”

Mr Walker, who leaves behind his wife Irene, was remembered by family and friends at a funeral service at Pontblyddyn Church yesterday.

Relatives said the pensioner had battled and overcome two tumours and was making a recovery.

The Leader was also told: “The family are angry and devastated. It was a shock to everyone because he was on the road to recovery.”

Professor Matthew Makin, BCUHB executive medical director, said: “On behalf of the health board I offer our deepest condolences to the patient’s relatives at this very difficult time.

“I can confirm North Wales Police are investigating an incident that occurred at Wrexham Maelor Hospital on January 22.

“I cannot make any further comment on this incident while the investigation is underway, but I would like to give my reassurance that the safety of our patients is our top priority.

“A small number of staff have been assigned to other duties while the investigation is ongoing.”

A North Wales Police spokesman said hospital staff members were helping officers to piece together the sequence of events leading up to the death.

No one has been arrested and post-mortem examination has been carried out. The cause of death has been deferred pending further toxicology tests.

North East Wales coroner John Gittins has been informed of the death.

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