North Sea Camp reassesed healthcare services after death, inquest hears

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North Sea Camp reassessed its healthcare services following an investigation into the death of a man at the prison, an inquest has revealed.

Russell Eric Williams, 73, was found dead by a cell mate at the Freiston Shore prison on July 2, 2014, and the documentary inquest on Friday revealed it had been due to ‘natural causes’.

He had been serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

An investigation by the prison ombudsman found prisoners were waiting up to three weeks to see a doctor, with some days being covered by a GP from Lincoln and others having no coverage at all.

They found that Mr Williams had previously complained of chest problems and been examined by nurses who had called a doctor to prescribe medication.

However, they found he had not been examined personally by the doctor.

Senior coroner for South Lincolnshire Robert Forrest said Prison and Probation Ombudsman investigator Nigel Newcomen ‘was concerned that prison GPs had little input into Williams’ care’

“The care Williams received was not equivalent to that which he could have received in the community,” read Mr Forrest at the inquest held at Boston Coroners’ Court.

He said a recommendation was made that ‘head of healthcare at the prison should ensure that prisoners who are unwell should be reviewed by an appropriately trained clinician and sent to hospital when this is not 
possible’.

He said further correspondence from North Sea Camp confirmed 
it had signed off the action.

Further investigations also revealed the management of the services had changed hands from Lincolnshire Foundation Partnership to Nottingham Healthcare Trust.