A hospital has apologised for a "missed opportunity" to save the life of a baby who died of meningitis.

Seven-month-old Oliver Hull died last May after three days of symptoms including high temperature, vomiting and lethargy.

His family remained concerned about the care Oliver received at Epsom Hospital's A&E where he was taken with what appeared to be a viral infection.

The Banstead boy died very soon after at Evelina Children’s Hospital, in London, on May 26.

At an inquest held this month, Woking Coroner’s Court concluded that Oliver "died from natural causes in circumstances when there was a missed opportunity to undertake further assessment and investigations".

After the inquest, the Hull family's solicitor, Ania Lysanowicz, said: "Oliver’s family have been left absolutely devastated by his death.

"Whilst the inquest has gone some way in providing answers to the many questions they had, they remain concerned about the care he received at Epsom Hospital shortly before he died."

Epsom and St Helier Hospitals NHS Trust said it was "deeply sorry".

A spokesman said: "We offer our sincerest condolences to the parents of Oliver Hull and we cannot imagine the pain his family must still feel.

"The coroner commented that Oliver died from natural causes in circumstances where there was a missed opportunity to undertake further assessment and investigations. For this we are deeply sorry."

The hospital carried out an investigation into the care Oliver received and said it had made improvements such as recruiting more paediatric nurses trained in the treatment of very young children.

The trust said it also now makes sure all staff use recognised charts which help to identify early warning signs while assessing children and babies.

Under a new clinical protocol a specialist paediatric doctor must see all babies before they are discharged at night or in the early hours of the morning.

The spokesman added: "We note the evidence given of this complex case by the coroner’s expert that Oliver initially presented to us with what appeared to be a viral infection, sadly with no clues that he would later succumb to such a serious illness."