A family grieving the death of a husband and father are to receive an undisclosed settlement of compensation for the misdiagnosis of lung cancer.
Frank Golby from Whoberley in Coventry had been referred to Coventry University Hospital in May 2010 for a CT scan after visiting his GP with a persistent cough. The scan showed a 1cm-wide nodule on his left lung, but doctors missed the signs of a deadly tumour and Frank was diagnosed with a chest infection.
Frank returned to the hospital on several occasions complaining of breathing problems and anaemia, but the 2010 scan was never reviewed. It was only when a chest x-ray on 17th February 2012 revealed that that the tumour on his lung had grown to five times its original size was the correct diagnosis made; but it was too late for Frank – who died the following day, aged 65.
Frank´s family sought legal advice and made a claim for the misdiagnosis of lung cancer on the grounds that, had the nodule been correctly identified in 2010 at a stage when the cancer was treatable, Frank would have lived for at least a further ten years.
After a review of the negligent treatment Frank had received, his wife, son, daughter and two grandchildren were offered an apology by the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and an undisclosed five-figure settlement of compensation for the misdiagnosis of lung cancer was agreed between the Trust and solicitors representing Frank´s family.