RELATIVES of a care home resident who died from suspected Legionnaires’ disease are hoping an inquest will end their 16-month wait for answers.

Andy Clegg, who lived at Fordingbridge Care Home, died nearly two weeks after he was admitted to Salisbury District Hospital.

The 56-year-old had been diagnosed with Legionella Pneumonia, a complication arising from the Legionella bacteria.

A four-day inquest into his death is due to start at Salisbury Coroner’s Court on Monday.

His family will be supported by specialist public health lawyers from Irwin Mitchell who have represented victims of Legionnaires’ disease across the UK.

Jatinder Paul, a senior associate at Irwin Mitchell, said: “Not knowing the full picture has caused a great deal of anguish for his family as they have attempted to come to terms with what happened.

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“They have a number of serious concerns regarding Andy’s death and if anything could have been done to prevent it.”

Mr Clegg lived in Southampton before moving to the care home two years ago.

He was admitted to Salisbury General Hospital in October 2017 and put on a ventilator in intensive care two days later. He was transferred to a ward on November 3 but continued to have respiratory difficulties and died.

Following his death investigations were launched by Public Health England and the Care Quality Commission.

Mr Clegg’s sister, Joanne Denyer, 55, of Southampton, said: “Andy was a huge part of our family and we have been left devastated and angry by his death.

“While time has moved on our family hasn’t.

“It’s so painful to think of the suffering Andy he was in during the final days of his life. Not knowing the full reasons why he died just adds to our heartache.”

Mr Clegg’s brother Matt, 48, added: “The inquest is going to be incredibly distressing but we want to honour Andy’s memory by getting the answers to the many questions we have.”