Fall in hospital led to death
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.”