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Family seek apology following cancer death

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The family of a woman who died of bowel cancer in June has demanded an apology after medical staff repeatedly misdiagnosed her illness. 56-year-old Shirley James first became ill in February. After tests for glandular fever and ovarian cancer came back negative, doctors were unable to diagnose Mrs James’ illness. Eventually, following further tests, Mrs James was admitted to hospital in June with bowel cancer.

Mrs James’ daughter, Wendy James-Carter, said that doctors from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust assured her mother that she did not have cancer. However, after she “lost control of her bowels” in June, she was admitted to the Worcestershire Royal Infirmary where she tested positive for bowel cancer. Mrs James’ daughter said that her mother had to endure a long period of time with no diagnosis, only to be informed of her cancer when there were no members of the family present. 

“Offer my condolences to her family and friends”

Mrs James-Carter demanded an apology from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, to which they responded that they will “listen to their concerns”. Celina Eves, deputy chief nurse at the trust, said: “We are very sorry to hear about the issues around the care of Shirley James and I would like to offer my condolences to her family and friends.

After being diagnosed with bowel cancer, Mrs James was moved to St Richard’s Hospice on the 16th of June. She died there the following day.

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