Hospital acts after coroner raises concerns about falls
Hospital takes action to prevent elderly patients falling
THE William Harvey Hospital has said it has tightened safety procedures, after receiving a letter from a coroner concerned about falls by elderly patients on the wards.
Following an inquest in March, East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust received a Rule 43 letter from Ashford coroner Rachel Redman.
Such a letter
for improvements to be made to prevent similar deaths.
A report presented to the trust board said a “detailed response” had been sent to Mrs Redman.
The trust also said the screening it carried out to assess how likely patients are to fall has been made easier for nurses to follow.
In March, the Kentish Express reported on the inquest of Fredrick Gay, of The Street, Petham, Canterbury.
Mr Gay, 83, died on May 16, 2006, at the hospital, days after being admitted with anaemia.
He died as a result of bleeding around the brain caused by a slight head injury.
The inquest heard how he had been wearing socks and slipped on the ward.
At that time Mrs Redman said: “I see a number of falls leading to death in the William Harvey Hospital and while I am aware elderly people will fall, I am concerned they are being allowed to stay in their socks.
“To me that is inviting someone to lose their balance on a slippery surface.”
After the inquest, Mrs Redman outlined her concerns in a letter sent to the trust.