AN investigation is to be launched after a man who was refused treatment from a GP later died at Scarborough Hospital.
Harold Ingleson, 74, of Bridlington, died after complications resulting from bowel surgery in December last year.
During his inquest at Scarborough County Court coroner Michael Oakley heard how Mr Ingleson had been to see his GP at Manor House Surgery, in Bridlington, complaining of stomach pains.
It was agreed he would have a scan early in December.
However before the appointment Mr Ingleson took a turn for the worse.
Speaking at the inquest, his wife Patricia Ingleson said: “I went to the doctors to get a prescription but while I was there I asked the receptionist if I could see a doctor as I desperately needed some help for my husband, he had become very poorly. She said there were no doctors available.”
Mrs Ingleson said her husband became much worse the next day so she telephoned the hospital who asked her to bring him in immediately.
Mr Ingleson then had to undergo life-saving surgery to remove a cancerous tumour in his bowel.
He initially recovered but suffered complications resulting in his death on December 12.
Speaking at his inquest, Dr Alan Francis of Manor House Surgery, said he was “greatly concerned” Mr Ingleson was unable to see a doctor.
He said: “We do have a robust system where there is a duty doctor who should see all patients who require urgent attention. I am certainly very sorry that that doesn’t seem to have been the case here.
“What I would like to do is instigate a significant event analysis, and investigate what went wrong here.”
Mr Oakley said seeing a doctor may not have changed the outcome for Mr Ingleson, though his family welcomed the investigation.
After hearing the evidence Mr Oakley recorded a narrative verdict.