Great gran died two weeks after fall at care home

Woodlands House

Woodlands House

First published in News

A GREAT-GRANDMOTHER died two weeks after a fall at a Hampshire care home, an inquest heard.

Sybil Cook died at Southampton General Hospital 13 days after collapsing at Woodlands House Residential Home in Woodlands and fracturing her femur.

A Southampton inquest heard how the 92-year-old arrived in hospital on July 8 and was discharged eight days later.

But her condition worsened within three days and she was rushed back to hospital again and died two days later.

Geriatric consultant Dr Catherine Akerman told the inquest how the pensioner’s acute delirium and findings of bacteria in her urine during her first admission did not necessarily point to an infection.

She said she decided against prescribing antibiotics at that time due to their dangerous side effects for frail elderly patients, and her condition improved anyway.

Medical registrar Dr Patrick Dennison told the inquest how an infection was picked up on her second admission but that she also had a leaking heart valve.

But Southampton coroner Keith Wiseman said it was difficult to determine which conditions led to her death. Recording a natural causes determination he said: “Whilst a urinary infection may have contributed to her death it can’t be said with certainty.”

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