Coroner names man who died at Royal Stoke after contracting coronavirus

An inquest has been opened into the death of a man who lost his fight for life at Stoke-on-Trent’s main hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.

Giuseppe Giannasi was being cared for at the Royal Stoke University Hospital after contracting COVID-19.

The 87-year-old then passed away at the Hartshill complex on March 29. His home address has not been disclosed.

Now the inquest – which was opened at Stoke’s civic centre, 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 includes 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 had a background history of pneumoconiosis. He was treated for COVID-19 and bilateral pneumonia.

“He deteriorated significantly and very sadly died. A cause of death was given as 1A COVID-19 and 1B bilateral pneumonia and in part 2 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease and pneumoconiosis.

“He was a retired underground miner. There is reason to suspect therefore that the death was unnatural due to pneumoconiosis. The family will be given a progress update in six weeks time.

“An inquest date will be set and the body has been released for funeral purposes.”

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