Fall in hos­pi­tal led to death

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By KEN MCERLAIN ken.mcerlain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

THE fam­ily of a 9 -year-old wo­man who died af­ter fall­ing from a chair in hos­pi­tal have crit­i­cised the level of care she re­ceived.

Made­line Will­bond died at Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal af­ter suf­fer­ing a haem­or­rhage caused by a head in­jury on March 14.

An in­quest held at Peter­bor­ough Town Hall yes­ter­day heard how Mrs Will­bond had been taken to hos­pi­tal from a care home in Bourne suf­fer­ing from chest pains.

Mrs Will­bond, who suf­fered from de­men­tia, had a his­tory of falls and was placed in a chair in a four-bed hos­pi­tal ward while she awaited treat­ment.

How­ever, the in­quest heard that Mrs Will­bond slipped from the chair and banged her head on the floor caus­ing the in­jury which led to the fa­tal haem­or­rhage.

Coro­ner Gor­don Ryall recorded a nar­ra­tive ver­dict for her death and said that the is­sue of pa­tients suf­fer­ing falls in hos­pi­tals was a grow­ing prob­lem which needed to be ad­dressed.

Speak­ing af­ter the in­quest, Mrs Will­bond’s son Tim said: “I don’t know whether we will take the mat­ter any fur­ther legally. We are still dis­cussing the sit­u­a­tion with our QCS.

“We feel that our mother should have been given more care while she was in hos­pi­tal and fuller risk as­sess­ments should have been car­ried out.

“We also feel that the de­ci­sion to put my mother in a chair was wrong. Had she been in a bed this may not have hap­pened.”

Speak­ing at the in­quest, Debbie Scotney, a risk ad­viser for Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal, said: “Mrs Will­bond suf­fered from deep vain throm­bo­sis and putting her in a bed could have made her con­di­tion even worse.

“It was con­sid­ered safe for Mrs Will­bond to be left in a chair and the de­ci­sion was taken.

“This was a dif­fi­cult case to strike a bal­ance in. We couldn’t of­fer the pa­tient one-on-one care and we wanted to treat her rather than put her in bed which could have made things worse.

“No­body wit­nessed Mrs Will­bond fall but a pa­tient nearby said she slipped out of her chair.

“How­ever, we don’t know why she was get­ting up or what caused her to fall.”

Ms Scotney said that since Mrs Will­bond’s death the hos­pi­tal had un­der­taken new mea­sures to en­sure pa­tients are checked ev­ery hour.

She added: “We want to learn lessons from this in­ci­dent to pre­vent a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion hap­pen­ing again.

“A huge amount of work is be­ing done by health ser­vices across the coun­try into pa­tients fall­ing while in hos­pi­tals.

“But there can be a num­ber of vari­ables be­hind each case and it can be dif­fi­cult to make to con­clu­sive rul­ings.

“Tar­gets are be­ing set to try and re­duce these fig­ures and we’re do­ing what we can at Peter­bor­ough City Hos­pi­tal to fall into line with them.”

boost: Amar Zamir, Asim Zamir and Ibrar Ali Akram present £450 to Karen Roberts from CLIC Sar­gent af­ter rais­ing the cash by or­gan­is­ing a foot­ball tour­na­ment. TWO friends from West Town did their bit to kick can­cer into touch by rais­ing £450 for char­ity from a foot­ball tour­na­ment.

More than 100 young play­ers en­joyed the weekly games and coach­ing in the Cen­tral Ward ver­sion of Fri­day Night Foot­ball, or­gan­ised by Ibrar Ali Akram and Amar Zamir.

The lads were rais­ing funds for CLIC Sar­gent, which they sup­port be­cause Amar’s brother Asim was di­ag­nosed with leukaemia in 2007. Asim has since made a good re­cov­ery and even com­peted in the ses­sions at Mayor’s Walk, which ran from Septem­ber to De­cem­ber.

Youth worker Calvin Grant said: “Both are a real credit to their fam­i­lies and ex­cel­lent ex­am­ples of how young­sters are us­ing their ini­tia­tive to vol­un­teer their time for ac­tiv­i­ties that ben­e­fit oth­ers.”

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