Mum died after equipment left inside her during operation

A surgeon has been stopped from carrying out operations at the DGH after an Eastbourne mum tragically died when equipment was left inside her following a recent procedure.

The Herald understands that popular Nicole Haynes underwent laparoscopic surgery at the DGH but died later, passing away peacefully on March 29.

It was then discovered that a pair of hospital clips had remained inside the 35-year-old after the operation.

Earlier this week the East Sussex Healthcare Trust, which runs the DGH, confirmed that the doctor who had carried out the procedure was being investigated.

The Trust insisted that while he had not been officially suspended, he was not actively taking part in operations.

A spokesman for the trust told the Herald, “We can confirm that an investigation is currently underway following the death of a patient after laparoscopic surgery.

“We have been in contact with the patient’s family and offered our sincere condolences.

“We are treating this with the utmost seriousness and the surgeon involved is not currently undertaking any operations pending the outcome of the investigation.”

An inquest into Mrs Haynes’ death has been opened and her family did not wish to comment at the moment.