An inquest has been launched into the death of a man with Down’s Syndrome that occurred at Priory Group’s The Oaks and Woodcroft Care Home in Norfolk in May 2018.
The inquest, which is scheduled to last for two weeks, is being held at Norwich Professional Development Centre.
Peter, 63, died at the home where he had been living for almost six months after being moved there for a period of respite after being cared for his sister.
On the day prior to his death, Peter, who has significant swallowing difficulties and was at risk of choking, began vomiting profusely. He was taken to Norfolk and Norwich Hospital where he sadly died.
A post-mortem report revealed that a large piece of carrot had been lodged in Peter’s throat.
In November 2019, a multi-agency Learning Disabilities Mortality Review report concluded that Peter’s death was, on balance, potentially avoidable.
Priya Singh, Associate, at Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors, representing Peter’s family, said: “Peter’s death, and the circumstances of his death, have been an incredibly difficult experience for the Seaby family. Unfortunately, however, the death of a disabled person in a care home is not an uncommon event.
“Over the next two weeks, we will be pursuing a thorough and detailed examination of how and why Peter died. We will not only look into the cause of Peter’s death, but the potential failings of The Oaks and Woodcroft Care Home. We need to find out if the care plan was followed and if not why not – those who are tasked with looking after our most vulnerable must be accountable.”
A spokesperson for Priory Group said they had no comment at this stage as the inquest was ongoing.