Retired footballer, 54, died of brain haemorrhage after symptoms were ...

Former footballer Colin Jones, 54, pictured, died following a brain haemorrhage just weeks after complaining of headaches to GPs only to be diagnosed with depression

Former footballer Colin Jones, 54, pictured, died following a brain haemorrhage just weeks after complaining of headaches to GPs only to be diagnosed with depression

A retired footballer died from a brain haemorrhage after a GP and paramedics repeatedly dismissed his symptoms as 'depression', an inquest has heard.

Colin Jones, 54, died just weeks after going to his GP complaining of feeling unwell and was diagnosed with depression and prescribed with diazepam.

The father-of-three was eventually taken to hospital on Christmas Eve in 2017 after collapsing on the floor, but a string of delays meant a bleed on his brain was not treated for eight hours.

One member of staff even told his wife and daughter he would have to 'wait his turn' because they were busy with other patients.

When he was finally transferred to a specialist neurology unit he was found to be brain dead and his family switched off his life support machine.

An inquest heard the former West Bromwich Albion footballer started suffering headaches and slurring his words weeks before his death.

On December 22, his wife Jayne, 55, noticed his face was drooping and dialled 999 and an ambulance was sent to their home in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.

Giving evident at Worcestershire Coroner's Court, she said: 'I had spotted a droop in his face and the ambulance was called.

'The paramedics came and monitored his blood pressure and it was high, I told them it shouldn't be high.

'He was holding his head in pain, they were asking him questions but he was really confused.

'They were happy with how he was and thought he had taken too many tablets [diazepam] and he had a headache.

'The paramedic said he was happy that Colin didn't need to be taken to the hospital to be checked over. We were told to just to carry on with the tablets.

'They told us his face was drooped because of the diazepam. I got my daughters to stay with him as I had to go to work.

'The next day I had a word with him and asked him if there was anything wrong with him to tell me. He was mumbling and said "lots to say".'

Mr Jones, pictured, played for West Bromwich Albion reserves and also had a spell in Sweden

His widow Jayne, 55, pictured, told the inquest how he waited hours for treatment in hospital after collapsing on Christmas Even 2017, before he eventually stopped breathing and became brain dead

An inquest heard Mr Jones, left, who played for West Bromwich Albion reserves and had a spell in Sweden, also waited eight hours in hospital for treatment after falling ill on Christmas Eve in 2017. His widow Jayne, right, said he started being sick while waiting to be seen and then stopped breathing, and the family turned off his life support later that day

The next morning, she was so worried she dialled 999 again and this time her husband was taken on blue lights to

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