A FORMER head of nursing died in the Oxford hospital she helped run, only a week after being admitted with cardiac failure that resulted from the side effects of steroids she had been prescribed, a coroner heard.
Elizabeth Stewart, 67, a retired director of nursing services at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, died on May 10 at the John Radcliffe Hospital “following a short admission,” the Oxfordshire Coroner’s Court heard on Tuesday.
Ms Stewart, of Park Close, was diagnosed last November with giant cell arteritis, which causes arteries, usually in the head and neck to become inflamed.
She was placed on steroid medication but it caused side effects, including a viral infection, said coroner Darren Salter.
Ms Stewart was initially admitted to a private hospital in Oxford, but was later transferred to the JR on May 2 “with worsening cardiac failure”, said the coroner.
She died eight days later. Her medical cause of death was “multiple organ failure”, said Mr Salter. The inquest into her death, pending further investigations into her medical treatment, has been adjourned until November 18.
Our top stories:
6:30am Wednesday 2nd December 2015
HOMELESSNESS in Oxford has soared by 50 per cent in a year with latest figures showing 39 people are now sleeping rough.
6:00am Wednesday 2nd December 2015
LIVING alone in old age can bring endless problems, not least the frustration of having no-one to talk to.
6:30am Tuesday 1st December 2015
THE gun has been fired for next year’s Oxford Mail OX5 Run.
9:00am Tuesday 1st December 2015
AN Oxford University student who told a teenager in a nightclub he wanted to assault and rape her was just making a joke inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey, a court heard.
8:30am Tuesday 1st December 2015
PEOPLE in Headington fear they may be unable to access their homes by car for weeks at a time after health bosses revealed the full extent of their plans for an inter-hospital heating pipe.
8:00am Tuesday 1st December 2015
WHEN David Hunt walks into the first day of his job as manager of the new Rose Hill community centre today he will start putting the finishing touches to the building before it opens next month.