Complication during routine procedure contributed to death

Kettering Magistrates Court
Kettering Magistrates Court

A woman who was taken into hospital for treatment for jaundice died after complications from a routine medical procedure, an inquest was told.

Joyce Starsmore, of Corby, was 71 years old when she died at Leicester General Hospital on September 30 last year.

Her inquest was held at Kettering Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, May 2.

The inquest heard how Mrs Starsmore was admitted to hospital after a GP paid a number of visits to her home when she became unwell.

At Kettering General Hospital, a procedure to look inside Mrs Starsmore’s intestines resulted in a perforation of her duodenum, which Dr Mark Taylor told the inquest was a ‘rare but recognised’ risk associated with endoscopic procedures.

He told the inquest that perforations occur in about one in a thousand procedures, and that Mrs Starsmore had, unknown to doctors until a CT scan was carried out, been suffering from pancreatic cancer, which may have contributed to the perforation.

Coroner Anne Pember recorded a narrative verdict, saying: “Following an endoscopic procedure, the duodenum was perforated. Her death was caused by a rare but recognised complication of the procedure.”