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Widow awarded six-figure payout after St Peter's Hospital failure to spot husband's terminal cancer in time
The case went to the High Court following the death of Robert Findlay in February 2012
06:00, 3 MAR 2017
St Peter's Hospital
A widow has been awarded a six-figure payout after medics failed to spot her husband's terminal cancer in time.
Robert Findlay died aged just 49 in February 2012 after succumbing to stomach cancer, leaving behind his wife Allison Findlay, a daughter and step-son.
Mrs Findlay, of Wrabness Way, Staines, claimed damages from Ashford and St Peters Hospital's NHS Foundation Trust.
On Thursday (March 2), the trust agreed to settle her claim after admitting "systems failures" over her husband's care.
Mr Findlay, a roofer, had been treated for suspected appendicitis at St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey back in 2008, London's High Court heard.
But medics failed to act on the results of tests that showed traces of cancer in his appendix.
"It is common ground there was some evidence of a persisting aggressive cancer revealed in one of the tests carried out at the time, which was unfortunately not acted on," said Mr Justice Foskett.
'Genuinely difficult issue'
Three years later, in 2011, Mr Findlay returned to hospital after experiencing acute back pain while lifting tiles.
A series of tests eventually pinpointed the presence of a malignant cancer, which had spread from the abdomen to the spine.
The case reached the High Court as Mrs Findlay, 48, asked the judge to approve a six-figure compensation payout.
The exact sum that the trust will be paying to the family was kept confidential.
Mr Justice Foskett said the trust admitted there were "systems failures which were not followed up and should have been".
But the trust had disputed whether earlier treatment "would have made any difference to the final sad outcome", he added.
"That was a genuinely difficult issue," observed the judge.
Approving the settlement, he extended the family his best wishes for the future.
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