Arrest after pensioner, 84, taken to Southampton General Hospital as house in Water Lane Totton is taped off

Daily Echo: Home sealed off in police OAP negelct investigation Home sealed off in police OAP negelct investigation

AN INVESTIGATION is under way into the apparent neglect of an elderly woman who was found seriously ill at her Hampshire home.

The 84-year-old was last night lying in a coma at Southampton General Hospital more than 24 hours after being discovered at her Totton house.

Yesterday her end-of- terrace home in Water Lane was a hive of police activity as forensic experts were seen going inside and officers carried out house-tohouse inquiries in the road.

Concerned neighbours told the Daily Echo that they watched as a pensioner, who has lived there for at least 18 years, was carried into an ambulance on Monday afternoon.

Since then the house, close to the junction of Bishops Close, was been taped off by police investigating how she became so ill.

Throughout the day worried neighbours gathered at their front gates, wondering what had happened.

It is understood the woman is a widower and has an adult son.

Last night, as the cordon around the house was finally taken down, South Central Ambulance Service confirmed that they were called to the address on Monday and took one patient to hospital.

Judith Wright, 69, of Bishops Close, said: “I was in the garden and saw an ambulance and paramedics.

“This is a quiet area with many old people and to see something like this is very rare.”

Rachael Smith, 29, who lives opposite the house, added: “I first saw the commotion after returning home from work on Monday night.

“There were police cars there and at first I thought it must have been a burglary, but they have been there for more than 24 hours which is odd.

“It must be something more serious.”

Another neighbour, Caroline Hudson, added that although the woman had lived in the street for many years, she had kept herself to herself.

She added: “She had previously been in a home for a while because she was poorly, but she returned to live back at home.”

Hampshire police last night confirmed an investigation was under way and said: “An 84-yearold woman was taken to hospital after being found in a very frail state.

“She is currently in a coma in Southampton General Hospital where she is receiving treatment.”

A 53-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of neglect and bailed until July 29.

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7:20am Wed 4 Jun 14

sue1956 says...

Very sad story. He probably couldn't cope with looking after her and there's not much help out there.
Very sad story. He probably couldn't cope with looking after her and there's not much help out there. sue1956
  • Score: 13

8:08am Wed 4 Jun 14

mrs pepperpot says...

sue1956 wrote:
Very sad story. He probably couldn't cope with looking after her and there's not much help out there.
He could have at the very least phoned a doctor!
[quote][p][bold]sue1956[/bold] wrote: Very sad story. He probably couldn't cope with looking after her and there's not much help out there.[/p][/quote]He could have at the very least phoned a doctor! mrs pepperpot
  • Score: 20

8:57am Wed 4 Jun 14

JennyC87 says...

"Comatose Rachael Smith, 29, who lives opposite the house, added: “I first saw the commotion after returning home from work on Monday night."....

Comatose?? How did she give her comment? Lol.
"Comatose Rachael Smith, 29, who lives opposite the house, added: “I first saw the commotion after returning home from work on Monday night.".... Comatose?? How did she give her comment? Lol. JennyC87
  • Score: 9

8:59am Wed 4 Jun 14

Solomon's Boot says...

sue1956 wrote:
Very sad story. He probably couldn't cope with looking after her and there's not much help out there.
??? There's plenty of help out there!!
[quote][p][bold]sue1956[/bold] wrote: Very sad story. He probably couldn't cope with looking after her and there's not much help out there.[/p][/quote]??? There's plenty of help out there!! Solomon's Boot
  • Score: -5

9:00am Wed 4 Jun 14

excusemoi says...

Comotose Rachel Smith? It's the old lady in a coma not the neighbour!
Comotose Rachel Smith? It's the old lady in a coma not the neighbour! excusemoi
  • Score: 5

9:31am Wed 4 Jun 14

sue1956 says...

Solomon's Boot wrote:
sue1956 wrote:
Very sad story. He probably couldn't cope with looking after her and there's not much help out there.
??? There's plenty of help out there!!
No there isn't, I've had 1st hand experience of the care system!
[quote][p][bold]Solomon's Boot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sue1956[/bold] wrote: Very sad story. He probably couldn't cope with looking after her and there's not much help out there.[/p][/quote]??? There's plenty of help out there!![/p][/quote]No there isn't, I've had 1st hand experience of the care system! sue1956
  • Score: 12

3:00pm Wed 4 Jun 14

jenwren1949 says...

The care system is reactive not proactive now, meaning that they do not act until something happens, including if patient refuses care. I'm sure it is only going to get worse. Poor lady. I feel for my husband and I s future being pensioners ourselves.
The care system is reactive not proactive now, meaning that they do not act until something happens, including if patient refuses care. I'm sure it is only going to get worse. Poor lady. I feel for my husband and I s future being pensioners ourselves. jenwren1949
  • Score: 1

4:51pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Nearly an OAP says...

I must agree with jenwren1949 that the care system is reactive not proactive and dread the day when my wife and I cannot fend for ourselves. My mother was refused any further help than meals on wheels because, as the social services panel who saw her on more than one occasion said, she had a very supportive son and grandson. When she did unfortunately have a fall at 95 and sustained a broken hip the police and ambulancemen were the heroes. After this social services were forced to take some action and she survived for a further nine months.
I must agree with jenwren1949 that the care system is reactive not proactive and dread the day when my wife and I cannot fend for ourselves. My mother was refused any further help than meals on wheels because, as the social services panel who saw her on more than one occasion said, she had a very supportive son and grandson. When she did unfortunately have a fall at 95 and sustained a broken hip the police and ambulancemen were the heroes. After this social services were forced to take some action and she survived for a further nine months. Nearly an OAP
  • Score: 2

10:03am Thu 5 Jun 14

From the sidelines says...

"It is understood the woman is a widower..."

it is understood that the reporter has only the most tenuous grasp of the English language.
"It is understood the woman is a widower..." it is understood that the reporter has only the most tenuous grasp of the English language. From the sidelines
  • Score: -1

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