Inquest finds neglect contributed to death

Posted on December 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Neglect of a 95-year-old woman at a Bristol nursing home contributed to her death, an inquest heard. Doris Hammond died after suffering serious bed sores, which led to a fatal chest infection, at the Avon Gorge nursing home, the Bristol inquest heard. Mrs Hammond spent six weeks at Avon Gorge before relatives placed her in a second home where her poor condition was noted and she was admitted to hospital where she died of bronchial pneumonia. Marion Moody, a clinical specialist in pressure sores, told the inquest the pensioner was in a “very poor and neglected state” while at Avon Gorge. “This lack of action constitutes, in my opinion, gross professional neglect of a frail, elderly lady who had impaired mental abilities,” Ms Moody said. Bristol coroner Paul Forrest said that a lack of care had contributed to the bed sores, which ultimately led to Mrs Hammond¹s death. He recorded a verdict of death by natural causes, contributed to by neglect. After the case Anne Crabtree, of Bristol Senior Citizens¹ Forum, c

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