Coroner concerned about homecare training
A coroner has expressed concern about staff training at a homecare agency following the death of a an elderly man. A verdict of death by natural causes was recorded at Derby Coroner’s Court into the death of Cedric Stansall. Evidence was given that when Gemma Williams, a carer with the GP Homecare agency, had called early in the morning to his home in Derby she had found Mr Stansall in bed and struggling to breathe.
The court was told that Ms Williams did not call an ambulance, but instead left an advisory note for the driver of a volunteer ambulance who was coming to collect Mr Stansall from his home for dialysis later in the morning, but Mr Stansall died before the ambulance arrived.
Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner Peter Ashworth said he would write to GP Homecare because he was concerned that Ms Williams did not call an ambulance, and did not know the difference between a full NHS ambulance and the volunteer ambulance which took Mr Standsall to dialysis.
After the case a spokeswoman for Derb