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Cancer victim ‘ignored’ inweeks before death


AWIDOW claims her late husbandwasmisdiagnosed and disrespected by healthcare staff in theweeks before his death.


Joan Godding has lodged a formal complaint against the hospital trust after she battled to get her husband Brian into Pembury Hospital after Maidstone diagnosed his cancer as soft tissue damage and arthritis. Crippled with pain and too ill to


travel in a car, Mr Godding (77) spent hourswaiting for ambulances and sitting in A&E waiting rooms, racked in pain. In desperation, his family even left


him on a hospital trolley after staff refused to admit him to hospital, de- spite being given specific instruc- tions to do so from their GP. “This was an absolutely heart- breaking thing for us to do,” said Mrs Godding, of Priory Close, East Farleigh.


“We will be forever haunted by leaving him ill, in pain, unwell and alone.However,we knewwe had to do this; itwas the onlyway.” The family wants a written apol-


ogy for the treatment Mr Godding received in Maidstone and Tun- bridge Wells hospitals and a thor- ough investigation into the case. The retired father of two, who worked his whole career for Teston- based grounds and landscape com- pany Turfsoil Ltd, had been suffering from shingles for eight weeks when he was suddenly gripped by a crippling pain in his thigh inAugust last year. Following an X-ray at Maidstone Hospital, hewas told itwas soft tis- sue damage. In agony, he returned


to the hospital four days later, only to be told he had not allowed suffi- cient time for it to heal. Ten days later, when Mr God-


ding’s speech became slurred, his wife feared he had suffered a stroke. Paramedics said they could not take him to TunbridgeWells Hospital in Pembury so GP Dr Graham Makey faxed the hospital, arranging for him to be taken there by ambulance and admitted for an MRI scan. The ambulance arrived five hours


later – but the hospital claimed no arrangement had beenmadefor him to be admitted. It was at this point Mrs Godding


and her two daughters Susan and Debra made the heart- wrenching decision to walk


4 Skier Madi wins Olympic gold


MAIDSTONE skier Madi Row- lands has scooped two firsts in the 2016Winter Youth Olympics games in Lillehammer, Norway. Not only did she win the first


gold medal for Team GB but it was also the first gold on snow. Madi beat Paula Cooper from the USandAustrian Lara Wolf to take gold in the ski halfpipe Madi (16) has been skiing since


shewas three and freestyle skiing since shewas seven. She trains at Chatham dry ski slope and at the indoor slope at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead. Speaking to the BBC from Nor-


way she said: “I couldn’t be hap- pier. It'sprobably the best run I've ever done.” Madi hopes to get to the X Games and then the Olympics. She said: “This is a great step to- wards that and I'm stoked to win." Madi’s family have a home in


Les Deux Alpes where she skis during the winter season. In the summer she skis on the glacier. At the 2013 British Champi- onships in Tignes she took gold in all three competitions in her age category and made it to all four finals, where she competed against women twice her age.


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March 2016 No. 227 News TV show request


MORE than 20,000 people have signed an online petition calling for a Maidstone footballer to host BBC’s Top Gear. 3


Shopping boost


WORK is to start on a major re- vamp of the historic Royal Star Arcade, Maidstone. 5


This way to M20


KCC wants to encourage more motorway-bound traffic to use Willington Street.


8 Young carers praise


TRIBUTES were paid to young carers to celebrate the annual awareness day. 12


Government cut


MAIDSTONE Council is to lose its revenue support grant earlier than expected. 14


Hospital scheme


A PROPOSED new hospital for mental health patients has been inveiled. 16


Idea to help lonely


MAIDSTONE will feature in a Mu- seums on Prescription re- search project.


18 Force gains top mark


KENT Police is the only force to be rated outstanding in a national review. 22


Obituaries


Comment 36-37 Parish Councils 46


ROAD lighting was criticised in Barming; a mountain bike was unclaimed in Loose.


Crime Reports 46


GRAFFITI was written on a car windscreen in Fant; a wing mirror was stolen in Courtenay Road.


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