Elderly woman died after fall at Southampton hospital

Elderly woman died after fall at Southampton hospital

Elderly woman died after fall at Southampton hospital

First published in News

AN ELDERLY woman died days after suffering a “significant”

fall while being treated in a Southampton hospital, an inquest heard.

Doreen Sapsford, from Dibden, had been admitted to Southampton General Hospital after falling while out with her husband on October 25 last year.

Southampton Coroners’ Court heard that it followed a number of falls the 79-yearold had suffered in the month previous but she was recovering well and was expected to be discharged.

But on November 30, while on the ward, Mrs Sapsford, of Church Farm Close, fell and suffered serious head injuries.

She died on December 2.

An investigation into the fall found that Mrs Sapsford had been classed as a fall risk and had been told not to get up without assistance. It also found that she did have a call bell by her bed, but that it had not been used on the day of the fall.

Southampton Coroner Keith Wiseman said it was difficult to see what more the hospital could have done to prevent the fall and recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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10:38am Thu 20 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

When I was in St Mary's hospital. Paddington in the 1950s we had nurses stationed in the ward, when visiting my father in Queen Mary's hospital, Roehampton some time after he also had nurses based on the ward. When I was in Southampton hospital a couple of years ago there were no nurses on the wards, they were stationed in the corridor covering a few wards. Perhaps it's time to get back toi the old ways. Of course to enable this to happen we will have to nationalise all medecine in the UK to be able to afford it. This of course was the NHS originally set up by the Atlee government, but spoiled financially when the unions COHSE and NUPE forced Barbara Castle the then health minister to take most of the private medecine out of the NHS. My sympathy to the lady's family.
When I was in St Mary's hospital. Paddington in the 1950s we had nurses stationed in the ward, when visiting my father in Queen Mary's hospital, Roehampton some time after he also had nurses based on the ward. When I was in Southampton hospital a couple of years ago there were no nurses on the wards, they were stationed in the corridor covering a few wards. Perhaps it's time to get back toi the old ways. Of course to enable this to happen we will have to nationalise all medecine in the UK to be able to afford it. This of course was the NHS originally set up by the Atlee government, but spoiled financially when the unions COHSE and NUPE forced Barbara Castle the then health minister to take most of the private medecine out of the NHS. My sympathy to the lady's family. Inform Al
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