St Mary's chief apologises after boy's death

By a County Press reporter

Saturday, April 26, 2014


ST MARY'S Hospital has issued a full apology to the family of the five-year-old Isle of Wight boy who died after staff there failed to recognise he was seriously ill.

Leon Ryan Hamman, of Kingslea Park, East Cowes, was rushed to Southampton General Hospital after a second visit to St Mary's again failed to recognise how ill he was with severe sepsis.

He died at the Southampton hospital on December 19 last year.

Leon suffered from a long-term illness, chronic granulomatous disease, which left him vulnerable to infection.

An investigation by the IW NHS Trust after his death found observation charts were not fit for purpose.

Mr Mark Pugh, St Mary's medical director, in a letter to the County Press, said: "By all accounts Leon Hamman was a lovely little boy. Our staff who had been involved in looking after his complex health problems, and had a close involvement in Leon's ongoing care, are distraught at what happened.

"I would firstly like to express my sincere condolences and sympathy to Leon's family.

"The trust takes any case extremely seriously and we have, and will continue to, carefully consider all of the lessons to be learned.

"I have already given my assurances to the coroner that the trust is implementing the important recommendations contained in his report, which have been based on our own findings from an internal investigation.

"The coroner has also commented in his report that he is satisfied that this will be carried through and appropriately audited.

"We are a caring organisation that is committed to providing patient-centred and quality care for those using our hospital and its services.

"We have fully co-operated with the coroner and would like to offer our reassurances that we are making appropriate improvements in relation to this case."

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