Coroner names retired miner who died at Royal Stoke after contracting coronavirus



An inquest has been opened into the death of a retired miner who lost his hospital fight for life after testing positive for coronavirus.

Raymond Cannon tested positive for Covid-19 after being admitted to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

The 80-year-old, who lived in Biddulph, passed away at the Hartshill complex on April 3.

Now the inquest has been adjourned to a later date.

Latest figures show more than 100 patients have died at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust – which makes up the Royal Stoke University Hospital and Stafford’s County Hospital – after testing positive for coronavirus since the start of the global pandemic.

North Staffordshire assistant coroner Sarah Murphy said: “He was an 80-year-old man with a medical history of pneumoconiosis and he was a retired miner.

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“He was admitted to the Royal Stoke University Hospital on March 27 with a new shortness of breath. A swab for Covid-19 tested positive. He was transferred to ward 112, the Covid-19 ward, and he passed away on April 3.

“A cause of death was given as 1A Covid-19 and in part two pneumoconiosis. Due to pneumoconiosis there is reason to believe the death was unnatural.

“The family will be given a progress update in six weeks time. A date for the inquest will be set administratively and the body has been released for funeral purposes.”

A private funeral service will have to be held for the great-grandad due to the current coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society.

The bereavement notice states: “Ray will be deeply missed by all the family along with his family and friends.”





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