Inquest opened into death of St Neots man who fell outside pub


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An inquest into the death of a 62-year-old man who suffered a fall outside a St Neots pub has been opened.

Colin Wadham, of Tibbetts Road, St Neots, was leaving the Ye Olde Sun pub, in Huntingdon Street, on April 12 when he fell over.

The enquiry into Mr Wadham’s death was opened on Wednesday at Lawrence Court, in Huntingdon, by assistant coroner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough David Morris.

Mr Morris told the hearing that Mr Wadham “struck his head on the concrete surface of the street and became unconscious.”

Paramedics attended the incident and took the 62-year-old to Hinchingbrooke Hospital where he was treated.

He was later transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital and was kept in the neurosciences critical care unit after suffering a subdural haematoma.

As Mr Wadham began to recover he was taken to Peterborough City Hospital to begin his rehabilitation.

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On May 10 the retired electronics inspector was fitted with a tracheotomy to help him breath but following this suffered recurrent chest infections.

Mr Wadham was put on antibiotics to treat the infections but they were unsuccessful and his family agreed at do not resuscitate order should be put in place.

On May 30 Mr Wadham was pronounced dead by hospital doctors.

A post mortem was not carried out but it was determined that the cause of death was hospital acquired phenomena along with subdural hematoma and the earlier fall and an underline issue of alcohol abuse.

The inquest was adjourned until September 29 at 11am to allow for further enquiries.