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Food Poison Probe: Woman Dies After Pub Lunch
A woman who was struck down with suspected food poisoning and died after a Christmas pub lunch was sent home from hospital hours before her death, her husband has said.
John Callagher told how his wife Della, 46, was in good health before the Christmas Day turkey dinner at the Railway Hotel in Hornchurch, northeast London.
She was among 30 people who fell ill after eating at the venue.
On Boxing Day, Mrs Callagher, who has a teenage daughter, was taken to Queen's Hospital in Romford. Her husband told the London Evening Standard she was given an anti-sickness injection.
He said: "She was in a really bad way but the hospital just sent her home.
"I was ill myself but she was in a terrible state.
"They sent her home and she just lay in my arms, basically she was dying. We called an ambulance and went back to the hospital but she barely had a pulse."
Mrs Callagher, of Hornchurch, died on December 27 in hospital. Her husband, who runs a recruitment company, is reported to be planning legal action against the pub and the hospital.
Tests have revealed the presence of clostridium perfringens bacteria in a number of samples submitted by diners who fell ill after eating at the pub, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said.
The bacteria are the third most common cause of food poisoning in the UK and usually only vulnerable patients such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions are seriously affected.
The Railway Hotel's owner, Ember Inns, said all its food was prepared to the highest standards and that it is co-operating with an investigation by the HPA and local authority officials.
A company spokesman said: "Environmental Health Officers have visited the pub since the alleged outbreak and are happy with the standards of hygiene at the Railway.
"Until the investigation is complete it would be wrong to speculate as to the cause of the symptoms experienced by the guests who visited us."
Investigators are trying to identify the cause of the illness and any links to food eaten at the venue.
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Queen's Hospital, said staff followed correct procedures and that there would be a review of the case.
Trust chief executive Averil Dongworth said: "We have written to the family offering our condolences and inviting them to meet with medical staff who can answer any queries or concerns."
what do you think?
Its enough to put me off my fried bread bacon sandwich and milk stout. . Well almost. .
Stevie. But not quite
Wrong to name the pub unless 100% they are the cause
Agreed shirley but thats the media
30 + people fell ill, all who ate at the pub ! Don't really take Sherlock Holmes for this one does it ?
Yes krisevans888 but if it was ingredients that were already contaminated and nothing to do with the pubs hygiene standards then the pub will now suffer for no fault of its own
Actually krisevans888, Shirley has a point.....for all we know the Turkey could've already been infected from the farm it came from. Food poisoning doesn't just happen from the oven to plate.......Only a full investigation will determine where the blame lays..........
30 people were taken ill after eating at the venue. Thats not a coincidence.
maj.ali true but does not necessary mean the pub is at fault remember the case some years ago in Scotland when it was traced to the butcher
Doesn't bear thinking about. Go out for Christmas dinner and come home in a box. There need to be some searching questions asked of the restaurant concerned and a long hard look taken at their hygiene standards
They still shouldn't have printed name and picture of pub till all facts taken into consideration. If found not to be pub's fault their profits will be hit hard and reputation will lay in tatters and may result in the closure of the pub and lose of jobs. So sorry to hear of unexplained death of this poor lady as i don't remember reading it was the food poisoning which 100% killed her, but hope there will be a full investigation and an open outcome to clarify the situation of this womans death and my condolences to all family and friends and may Mrs Callagher rest in peace.