Police investigate death following ‘tragic accident’ at Kent care home

Grosvenor Court

A police investigation is being carried out following the death of an elderly woman at a care home in Kent.

Emergency services were called to Grosvenor Court care home in Margate at 11.50pm on Monday night following reports of concern for an elderly woman in her 80s. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Kent Police spokesperson said: “Officers are carrying out enquiries into the circumstances of her death, which is not being treated as suspicious at this stage, and a report will be filed for the coroner. Next of kin are aware.”

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Grosvenor Court is a 62-bed residential care home, operated by Premiere Care, catering for residents living with dementia, learning disabilities, as well as sensory impairments and Parkinson’s.

A Premiere Care spokesperson told CHP: “We regrettably can confirm that on 28 January 2019, Kent Police were called to The Grosvenor to investigate an incident and we confirm that a resident of our home was sadly found deceased. At this sad time, we would like to offer our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

“We confirm that along with our own internal investigation, we are thoroughly assisting the police, the fire service, CQC, Kent County Council and Adult Safeguarding with their investigations into this tragic accident and will continue to do so. Until such time as the investigation of the authorities has taken place, we are naturally unable to comment further.”

Kent County Council (KCC), confirmed it had been informed of a “serious incident” at the home in which a resident sadly lost her life.

A spokesperson added: “A safeguarding inquiry is currently underway and we cannot comment further at this time.”

Amanda Stride, CQC’s Head of Inspection for Adult Social Care, South East, added: “CQC is aware of the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of a resident who was living at Grosvenor Court, Margate, Kent  and we our offer our sincere condolences to the deceased person’s family.

“As this is currently with Kent Police, it would be inappropriate to comment until they decide their own outcomes. In the meantime, we can also confirm that CQC was inspecting the day before the incident and that inspection is ongoing.

“We will publish our findings and any action taken from this inspection in due course.  We will also be reviewing the information and making our own decision on how to proceed further.”



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