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Pensioner died from pneumonia he contracted in hospital, inquest told


Aug 18, 2022

A pensioner died after contracting pneumonia in hospital, an inquest was told.

Bicester man George Guess, 78, died at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, on August 3 this year.

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A post-mortem had been carried out into the retired telecoms project manager’s death and the cause given as hospital-acquired pneumonia.

He was suffering from underlying conditions of colitis, a painful bowel condition, and ischemic heart disease.

Senior coroner for Oxfordshire Darren Salter adjourned the case for a full inquest, which will be heard on January 19 next year.

Inquests are typically held in cases where a death is the result of non-natural causes or has come about during or as a result of hospital treatment. The purpose of an inquest is to establish the identity of the person who has died and how they came by their death.

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.

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