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A man died at Lynn's hospital this month after he had previously refused assistance of care, an inquest has heard.

John Pitcher, 83, and of Columbia Way, was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on January 2 after his daughter and son-in-law found him collapsed on the floor at his home.

This morning's inquest closing heard Mr Pitcher was unresponsive and died at the Gayton Road site that afternoon. The family agreed he would not have wished to be resuscitated.

An inquest into the death of John Pitcher took place this morning (Monday, January 11)
An inquest into the death of John Pitcher took place this morning (Monday, January 11)

His blood pressure was very low when he was taken to hospital and the inquest heard he looked frail and neglected at the time.

The court was told Mr Pitcher had not been visited at his home by his GP since June.

This was after Mr Pitcher had made the decision not to have any further visits, and subsequent calls were in relation to hearing problems and hyperextension.

The court heard a written statement from Mr Pitcher's daughter Judith Baker who said her father did not readily engage with carers and family members.

Area coroner Yvonne Blake concluded Mr Pitcher died of natural causes with self-neglect contributing to his death.

Mr Pitcher was born in Dersingham in June 1937 and his occupation was stated as a farmer foreman.



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