ALSo read: Legionellosis
Evening Post, England
LEGIONNAIRE TRAGEDY AT HOTEL
12:00 - 02 April 2003
The brother of a man who died after contracting legionnaires' disease has
said he is disappointed with the outcome of an inquest into his death.
David Lewis spoke after a coroner ruled that the death of his brother
Chris Lewis was due to natural causes. Mr Lewis died after staying at the
Woodville Hotel in Mansfield Road, Carrington.
His twin brother David Lewis, from West Yorkshire, said after the
inquest: "It was a disappointing result as there was no one held accountable
for his death.
"I feel as if there are still more questions that need answering, and I
won't be able to rest until checks have been put in place to stop this
The inquest heard that Mr Lewis, 44, a sales executive from Eastbourne,
stayed at the hotel for a few days last April.
He developed a fever with a high temperature, shortness of breath, loss
of appetite and a headache.
After returning to his Eastbourne home with partner Claire Ledwith, his
Mr Lewis was admitted to Eastbourne District General Hospital and was
discharged with antibiotics for an infection. His condition did not improve
and he was readmitted.
Miss Ledwith told the inquest in Eastbourne yesterday: "Chris was fit and
healthy. He would phone me every night. He said he was tired but he wouldn't
complain. He wouldn't want to worry me by telling me something was wrong."
He received medication in hospital, but died on April 27. Tests showed he
had contracted the most common strain of legionella bacteria. This strain
was detected in his hotel room.
Tests carried out by Nottingham City Council's health and safety
department showed the bacteria was in the toilet cistern and wash-hand
But routine checks revealed there was nothing wrong with the hotel's
Tony Smith, who ran the hotel with his family, said there had never been
any cases of legionnaires' disease at his hotel before and the traces of
bacteria had been exterminated.
He said: "I'm ashamed to say that I thought legionnaires' disease
happened in foreign countries. We just weren't aware."
East Sussex coroner Alan Craze, said: "What happened here is that a
disease has run its full course and resulted in the death of Mr Lewis."
Woodville Hotel Ltd has subsequently gone into liquidation. This is a
creditors' voluntary liquidation.
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