Hospi­tal acts af­ter coro­ner raises con­cerns about falls

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - by Kirsty Parkin

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

calls

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.

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