GRIEVING family members have raised concerns about the care given to a man who died from sepsis in the final weeks of his life.

The family of Ken Donald say they want answers about the events that unfolded in the lead up to his death after an operation at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

In the weeks prior to his death the 81-year-old had received treatment for a left knee infection and undergone surgery to replace the knee joint.

Mr Donald died from sepsis on July 15 - just four days after he was readmitted to Worcestershire Royal Hospital. His wife, Margaret, 66, and daughters, Claire and Gill Donald, aged 45 and 42, were concerned about Ken, of Droitwich Spa, as he had not been eating, drinking or passing urine.

His treatment is now being investigated by Irwin Mitchell LLP.

Caroline Brogan, the expert medical negligence lawyer at the law firm, said: "The last 14 months and coming to terms with Ken’s death have been incredibly difficult for Margaret, Claire, Gill and the rest of the family.

"Understandably they have a number of concerns about the events that unfolded in the lead up to Ken’s death which we are currently investigating.

"Through our work we sadly see the devastating impact sepsis can have. Ken’s family hope that by sharing their story they can help others by being aware of the symptoms.

"While incredibly dangerous sepsis can be treated with early detection and treatment."

Daughter Gill, said: "We sought medical advice several times before Dad was admitted to hospital but even after his surgery and his return home he didn’t seem to improve.

"We kept asking questions and raising concerns until it got to the point that we called 111.

"We have a number of concerns about what happened to Dad. Following his death we started reading more about sepsis and realised how dangerous it is.

"We know nothing can bring him back but we at least want to honour his memory by finding out whether more could have been done to help him.

Matthew Hopkins, chief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

"We’d like to express our sincere condolences to Mr Donald’s family for their loss.

"We take all complaints extremely seriously and every individual complaint is investigated and discussed with the family involved.

"Where any improvements or actions are identified we provide full feedback to the families concerned, in order to keep improving patient care."