Dad’s death ‘may have been preventable’

IPSWICH: Questions are today being asked of Ipswich Hospital after it emerged that a father’s death may have been prevented had his injuries been picked up earlier.

Dennis Folkes was taken to the Heath Road site with head injuries following a single punch from his son Jordan. The attack led to a “fist-sized” lump quickly developing at the back of his head, but he was discharged the next day.

He died three weeks later after his condition deteriorated.

This has now led to claims that medics may have missed the full scale of his injuries.

A close friend said: “I feel poor Dennis was let down by the hospital.

“I am angry with the hospital because I think that they did not take it seriously enough.”

An Ipswich Hospital spokesman said: “The hospital was not involved in the criminal case proceedings and so we are unable to comment on that process.

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“However, we did fully investigate Mr Folkes’ care and have been assured by a senior consultant in emergency medicine that there was a full and through medical assessment on both attendances to the emergency department.”

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