Retired pottery worker dies after falling out of bed at Stoke-on-Trent care home



A retired pottery worker died a month after falling out of bed and breaking her hip.

Staff at Park Hall care home, in Bentilee, discovered Stella Robinson after she had fallen in her bedroom on October 20.

The 92-year-old was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital where it was discovered that she had suffered a fractured neck of femur.

She underwent an operation the following day, but developed hospital acquired pneumonia.

An inquest heard she then developed a pulmonary embolism, despite being on appropriate anti-coagulation medication.

In a statement, her daughter Christine Evans said she hadn’t seen her mum for around five weeks before her fall due to the coronavirus lockdown.

She said: “My mum was a retired ceramic pottery worker and retired aged 59.

“Her mobility was good, she had previously had breast cancer and had dementia. She enjoyed good health until her later years.

“We lost my father 25 years ago. Since then, she has lived alone. In July 2018, she was diagnosed with dementia and went to live at the Park Hall care home and had been there for 16 months.

“I’m happy with the direct care she received at the home and I’m not aware that she suffered any previous falls. She was not prone to falls and was mobile.

“On October 20, she fell out of bed at the care home and went to hospital.

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“I attended A&E and stayed with her while she had x-rays. It showed that she had a fractured neck of femur. It had been about four or five weeks prior to that that I had seen my mum due to lockdown.

“She was admitted for an operation and that was the last time I saw her due to Covid. Her Covid test at A&E was negative.

“On October 21, the doctor discussed a DNAR due to her age and following a discussion we agreed. She appeared to be recovering well.

“Unfortunately, her breathing started to deteriorate and she required more oxygen and became more unwell. I later received a call that sadly mum had passed away on November 20.”

A cause of death was provided as pulmonary embolism (anti-coagulated), with a fractured neck of femur (operated), and a fall due to frailty and contributing to the death hospital acquired pneumonia.

North Staffordshire senior coroner Andrew Barkley concluded Mrs Robinson died from the complications of a fall.





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