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Elderly man died after bathroom fall at Oxfordshire care home

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A coroner’s inquest has heard how an elderly man died after fracturing his hip after a bathroom fall at an Oxfordshire care home.

Ninety-seven year old John Shipton fell while taking a bathroom break through the night at Penhurst Gardens Care Home in Chipping Norton on 29 June.

The inquest at Oxford Coroners’ Court on 7 October heard that Mr Shipton, who was able bodied, was taken to A&E in an ambulance and found to have fractured his hip.

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The 97-year-old died on 15 July after developing pneumonia following an operation at Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.

Assistant coroner Judith Leach found Mr Shipton’s death had been accidental.

A spokesperson for the care home’s operator, Porthaven Care Homes Group, told CHP: “We were deeply saddened by the passing of Mr Shipton who was a popular and active resident of the home, and our sympathies and condolences rest with his family.”

Penhurst Gardens is registered to provide personal or nursing care and accommodation for up to 58 people. The care home, which opened in December 2016, was rated Good by the CQC after its one inspection, which was carried out on October 2017.

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