Man dies after drug mix-up

Coroner hears of missed opportunities to save his life

A man died at a Sydney hospital after he was given another patient's medication following routine day surgery, a NSW coroner has heard.

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An inquest is being held at Glebe Coroner's Court into the death of father-of-two Paul Lau, who was 54 when he died following a knee reconstruction at Sydney's Macquarie University Hospital in June 2015.

Counsel assisting Kirsten Edwards said on Monday that she expected the coroner would hear evidence that Mr Lau died from a drug overdose after he was mistakenly given the medication of another, more complex, surgical