Shropshire stroke victim agrees NHS trust settlement

A stroke victim who was left unable to work has agreed an out-of-court settlement with the trust which runs Shropshire's two main hospitals.

John Walker, 64, from Ketley Bank, suffered a stroke in December 2008.

His solicitor said a follow-up appointment was never made and three months later he had a second attack.

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust said it had "reviewed all aspects of the care he received to ensure that lessons are learned".

"We would like to sincerely apologise to Mr Walker," it added.

The trust agreed an undisclosed six-figure settlement with Mr Walker.

'Really tough'

Mr Walker's solicitor Christopher Hurlston said the self-employed courier had been left partially sighted and unable to work.

He said the "simple administration error" meant vital blood-thinning medication was not prescribed after the initial attack.

On 19 March 2009 Mr Walker experienced blurring of his vision and became confused.

He later went to hospital where it was discovered he had suffered a second stroke.

Mr Walker said: "It's been really tough trying to cope with the damage caused to my sight and in particular the fact that I can no longer drive.

"I have not only lost my business but also my independence.

"I do not blame the doctors or nurses for what I have been through. The care and treatment I received in hospital was excellent. This was an administrative issue."

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