AN inquest has been opened into the death of an elderly man from Chester who waited more than two hours for an ambulance to take him to hospital.

Edward Cutler, 86, of Hatchmere Drive, Great Boughton, was admitted to hospital on June 26 with an acute episode of right-sided weakness, decreased consciousness levels, speech disturbance and visual disturbance.

Mr Cutler experienced significant delays of more than two hours while waiting for an ambulance to transfer him to the Walton Centre, Cheshire Coroners Court heard on Wednesday, July 10.

And the long delay meant he was ‘not appropriate for a thrombectomy’- the surgical removal of blood clots in an artery.

He later died at the Countess of Chester Hospital on June 26.

Area coroner of Cheshire, Jacqueline Devonish formally opened the inquest and adjourned it to take place on November 8, with a case review to be prepared on September 8.