A Derby care home has been fined £30,000 after a resident died following a fall from a wheelchair.
Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court found New Lodge Nursing Care and its manager, Lindsey Foster, had failed to provide safe care and treatment to Mrs Shirley Froggett who died in hospital after fracturing her thigh bone following the fall. Ms Foster was also ordered to pay a fine of £1,200.
The court heard that on 19 September 2018, Mrs Froggett was found on the floor of the lounge of the home by a member of staff after falling out of her wheelchair.
No medical assistance was requested and no notification of the accident reported to the CQC or any other regulatory body for nine days.
When the accident was notified it was reported that Mrs Froggett had fallen and broken her hip after opening the lap belt in her wheelchair. It was later established that no lap belt had been in place.
Mrs Froggett was taken to hospital after her family called for an ambulance during a visit.
She later sadly died after developing broncho-pneumonia, which can be a complication following a femoral fracture.
Natalie Reed, CQC’s head of inspection for adult social care, said: “Our sympathies are with the family and friends of Shirley Froggett following her sad death.
“Mrs Froggett had the right to expect to be kept safe while living in and receiving care from New Lodge Nursing Care Limited, but in this case the provider, and the manager Lindsey Foster, failed in their legal duty to protect her from being exposed to significant harm.
“The majority of care providers do an excellent job. However, when a provider puts people in its care at risk of harm, we will take action to hold them to account and to protect people.
“I hope the outcome of this prosecution reminds care providers of their duty to assess and manage all risks, including environmental risks, to ensure people are kept safe.”