Voice of Wearside, Monday, May 20, 2013: Lessons from a tragic death

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THERE are many lessons to be learned from the tragic death of pensioner Elizabeth Waldron.

Her inquest heard how she died just hours after being given uncontrolled levels of oxygen by a nurse who had not had any proper training in the procedure.

How must Mrs Waldron’s family feel, knowing her death may have been preventable?

Hospital bosses say staff have now received extra training.

City coroner Derek Winter is now writing to the Health Secretary advising that all hospital trusts should be aware of the guidelines governing oxygen administration to prevent any further tragedies.

A hospital spokesman said: “Mrs Waldron’s tragic death has given us the impetus to support patients better in the future.”

The tragedy is that it took a death to provide that impetus.

Salute to runners

THEY came in their thousands – runners of all ages, but all with one common aim – to raise as much money as possible to help in the fight against cancer.

Some had lost relations to the disease, others had successfully battled the condition.

Together, under grey skies, they ran and walked around Herrington Country Park to raise thousands of pounds for research.

Well done to everyone.