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Inquest hears how falls in St Richards contributed to man’s death

26th July 2013

The report on the inquest in the Chichester Observer revealed that the man had been suffering from prostate cancer and had been in hospital for a kidney operation. However, his long-term partner had been concerned at the treatment he received while in hospital and spoke out about his care.

She said she had been informed of three of the falls her partner had suffered, but added that healthcare workers had failed to spot significant signs of bruising, failed to send the patient for x-rays and had not helped him in times when he needed the toilet.

In her verdict of accidental death the coroner noted that “Although he was a significantly ill man, it is apparent his rapid decline seems to be associated with his falls.”

She added that the last fall was “most significant” and “seems” to have caused a fracture to the neck of the patient’s femur and an infection in his lungs.

It has not been reported whether the man’s partner will be launching a medical negligence claim against the hospital through personal injury solicitors.

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