Coroner finds care home resident suffered ‘significant failure’ of basic medical care


A coroner has found a 75-year-old nursing home resident suffered a “significant failure in the provision of basic medical care”.

Geraint Williams, of Gwent Coroner’s Court, found Dorothea Hale had “developed multiple and significant comorbidities which caused a deterioration in her health and contributed to the development of pressure damage and malnutrition” after being admitted to Grosvenor Nursing Home in Abertillery, Wales in July 2006, the BBC reported.

Mrs Hale, who had previously suffered two strokes following heart surgery, was admitted to Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny in November 2006 where she sadly died in January 2007.

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An expert witness told the hearing that Mrs Hale’s sores were “the worst that he’d seen in over 30 years of professional practice”.

Two staff members at the home were struck off following an investigation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Mr Williams said Mrs Hale’s cause of death had been from her combined medical conditions and not as a result of neglect.

Grosvenor Nursing Home declined to comment when contacted by CHP.

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