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Calderstones patient got correct cancer care, inquest told
11:30am Tuesday 19th March 2013 in News
AN INQUEST held into the death of a man who was detained in a mental health hospital has ruled that everything was done correctly to try and prevent his death.
Keith Allum, 57, who was held in a secure unit of Calderstones Hospital, Whalley, died on October 23 in the Royal Blackburn Hospital after a short battle with lung cancer.
Mr Allum, who was born in Burnley, had been detained at Calderstones hospital since 1994 after committing a sexual offence against a female with learning difficulties.
A jury at Clitheroe Town Hall yesterday heard that Mr Allum suffered from learning difficulties as well as a personality disorder and was deemed to be a risk to young children and females.
The hearing was held to determine if Mr Allum had access to appropriate medical treatment and whether he received adequate treatment. He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of small cell lung cancer last July after complaining of back pains and shortness of breath.
He was told the cancer was incurable and that treatment would only extend his life by 12 months. Dr Ajay Mehta, consultant oncologist, said: “Mr Allum had a chest x-ray after being referred from a GP at Calderstones in May and had the diagnosis confirmed in July and died in October. The cancer was widely spread and was incurable.
“He was told that he was unlikely to live beyond six months without treatment.
“The cancer can be treated effectively if caught early enough but it usually presents itself late. The diagnosis was quite usual and I don’t believe there were any missed opportunities for it to have been diagnosed.”
The inquest heard that he was given one dose of chemotherapy to manage the symptoms but he refused to have any more after getting adverse side-effects.
A jury of 11 people returned the verdict that Mr Allum had received access to appropriate medical treatment and was given appropriate treatment.