Stoke-on-Trent widower dies three weeks after positive Covid test at Royal Stoke



Retired pottery worker William Yale died just three weeks after testing positive for coronavirus in hospital.

The 82-year-old widower was ‘malnourished’ and had ‘little evidence of food in the house’ when he was discovered on the floor of his Bucknall home by carers.

He was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital where he was treated for pneumonia and tested negative for coronavirus. But he later developed sepsis and Covid-19 and passed away earlier this month.

His funeral service and interment takes place at Carmountside Lawn Cemetery at 2.30pm on Wednesday, January 6.

It is not known how long Mr Yale had been on the floor of his Werrington Road home when he was discovered by district nurses on November 10.

An inquest has this week heard how Mr Yale – who was known as Bill – was transferred to a Covid-19 ward on November 27 after testing positive for the virus. It was felt further treatment would not be in his best interests, and he died on December 1.

The cause of his death was recorded as sepsis, against a background of his other health conditions – including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and Covid-19.

Senior coroner Andrew Barkley concluded Mr Yale died from natural causes.

Mr Barkley said: “Mr Yale was found by district nurses when they visited. It’s assumed he had fallen – it is not known how or in what circumstances.

“What is clear is that he was malnourished and there was little evidence of food in the house. He appears to have neglected himself.

“He was taken to hospital where he tested negative for Covid-19. He went on to test positive. Despite treatment he continued to deteriorate and passed away.”





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