Inquest concludes diabetic Barchester resident died of natural causes

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A coroner’s inquest has concluded that a diabetic former resident of Barchester’s Thistle Hill care home in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, died of natural causes.

Bev Jones died at Harrogate Hospital in February 2016 after being taken by paramedics from the home, the York Press reported.

Coroner Jon Heath said Barchester had taken action to address concerns about Mr Jones’ care and no further action was required.

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His wife, Lesley, told the court that she had been given no warning that her husband had been ill when she came to visit and found him “virtually comatose” on his bed.

An agency nurse at the home said Mr Jones had had very high levels blood sugar levels earlier in the morning which she had reported to a local GP surgery before lunchtime.

The inquest heard that no records of call to the surgery had been found before 2.04pm, however, and the nurse had failed to take records of Mr Jones’ treatment.

Pathologist Dr Carl Gray said Mr Jones has been suffering from diabetes, Alzheimer’s, pneumonia and vascular disease and concluded that he was unlikely to have lived even if he had been taken to hospital earlier.

A Barchester spokesperson said: “The team at Thistle Hill care home offer their deepest condolences to the family of our resident. The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our utmost priority and we worked with the relevant authorities to assist throughout their investigation. We respect the privacy of our residents in all matters and can therefore make no further comment.”

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