A WOMAN died after a hospital neglected to treat her quickly enough following complications after surgery, an inquest heard.
Jessie Rowley, 82, had gone for a hip replacement at Dewsbury District Hospital.
But she suffered post-surgery complications and died there.
The Bradford inquest was told that Mrs Rowley, from Birkenshaw, suffered from a condition called myelodysplasia, a lack of blood-clotting platelets in her blood.
The condition had been previously diagnosed, but it was decided not to give Mrs Rowley any extra platelets before the operation.
The operation went without complication, but then Mrs Rowley began to lose blood.
Coroner Roger Whittaker was told that extra platelets which could have prevented her death could have been ready an hour before surgery. But they were not given to her for another 20 hours, by which time it was too late.
Consultant haematologist Dr Joseph Wood told the inquest that if the platelets had been given to Mrs Rowley before the operation she would probably not have died.
Mr Whittaker asked him: "If the platelets had been ordered immediately after the operation, arriving within the hour and administered shortly after, would that have had the same effect?"
"Yes, I think it probably would," replied Dr Wood.
Instead Mrs Rowley continued to haemorrhage and her condition got worse.
By the time it was noticed her condition was critical and she was finally given the platelets it was too late.
Early on May 23, 2005, Mrs Rowley suffered a heart attack and died.
The inquest was told that the platelets would have come from Leeds because hospitals are encouraged not to stockpile them because they have a short shelf life.
When they were eventually administered they did begin to work.
A verdict of misadventure, to which neglect had contributed was recorded.
Mr Whittaker added: "I'm satisfied there was an opportunity for rendering care that would have been effective."