Senior care team member suspended over resident’s death following fall  


A senior care team member has been suspended after a care home resident died following a fall at Anchor Hanover’s Widnes Hall in Cheshire.

The carer is the subject of ongoing disciplinary proceedings following the death of 91-year-old Pauline Brumfitt who suffered an unwitnessed fall at the care home on 29 February 2020.

A coroner’s inquest heard that Pauline was taken to hospital where she was diagnosed with an intracranial bleed. She was discharged to John Joseph Powell Nursing Home in Merseyside where she sadly passed away on 15 April 2020.

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Julie Goulding, senior coroner for Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley, said: “The care home where Pauline fell did not undertake a falls risk assessment for Pauline as they should have done. There was no falls mat or falls alarm in situ at the care home at the time of her third and final fall or at all.

“There was no falls prevention plan put in place as there should have been and there was no referral for advice from the falls team at the local authority.”

The coroner instructed the care home to provide details of action or a timetable for action to prevent future deaths by 1 June 2021.

Alison Bentley, Director of Care Services Central, Anchor Hanover, said: “We take the wellbeing of our residents very seriously and we apologise to the family.

“We have extensive falls management policies and procedures in place, which on this occasion were not followed. This has resulted in a senior member of the care team at the home being suspended and disciplinary proceedings are ongoing. We will be providing a full response to the coroner following the conclusion of the inquest also.

“The standards at the home were not as we expect. This is an isolated incident and following our own investigation we have reinforced our policies around falls management, transparency and reporting at the home. The safety and wellbeing of our residents is paramount.”

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