Cancer patient died alone in hotel room after hospital sent him there to free up beds

Claire Bates
Daily Mail

A cancer patient died alone in a hotel room after he was moved there from hospital as part of his chemotherapy treatment.

Ian Curtis, 39, was being treated for a type of blood cancer at the University College London Hospital.

As part of the treatment programme he was sent to the nearby Radisson Edwardian Grafton Hotel between doses of chemotherapy to rest and recuperate.

Mr Curtis, from Kent, was seen at the hospital for the last time on Monday, November 1, during his second round on intensive chemotherapy, a coroner’s inquest heard on Monday.

Nursing staff who assessed him said he showed no ‘symptoms or signs of infection.’

Mr Curtis then suffered diarrhoea just hours later in his hotel room, most likely as a result of an infection, pathologist Dr Suhail Baithun said. He said he would have suffered severe dehydration.

Dr Kirit Ardeshna added that this would have been due to an ‘absolutely catastrophic infection’ and he would have collapsed and died suddenly.

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