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Fresh inquest to take place following death of mother at King George Hospital

Updated: Feb 10, 2022

A fresh 5 day inquest will take place following the death of mother, Elsie Brooks at King George Hospital in January 2010. Elsie was 89 years old when she died at King George Hospital after a successful pre-scheduled surgery for hernia repair.

Mr Daniel Lemberger Cooper, from Imran Khan and Partners, is the solicitor for Elsie’s daughters, Janet and Margaret Brooks.

An initial inquest in November 2014 found clear failures in her care which were said to have possibly caused or contributed to her death.

However, a fresh inquest was ordered by the High Court as it was found that the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (the Trust responsible for King George Hospital) had not provided all of the relevant medical records to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO), whose report formed part of the evidence at the initial inquest.

In granting a fresh Inquest, the HM Assistant Coroner conceded that new expert evidence which had come to light since the first inquest lent itself to “the possibility of a neglect conclusion and the need for a more critical narrative conclusion.”

Since her death, Elsie’s daughters have worked tirelessly to find the truth of what happened in December 2009 and January 2010. Over a decade later, the family’s questions as to the quality of Elsie’s post-operative care, remain largely unanswered.

The Inquest touching upon the death of Elsie Brooks will commence on Monday 8 November at the Inner London (South) Coroner’s Court.

Please contact or 0207 404 3004 for further details.


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