Mala Parmar, associate in the personal injury and clinical negligence team, was instructed by the family of Irene Somerville deceased whose tragic death was the subject of an inquest at Woking Coroner's Court. The inquest took place in two parts with the first hearing on 10 December 2014 and the second on 27 January 2015.
The inquest heard that on 21 December 2012, Ms Somerville was taken into Holmwood Nursing Home for a short period of respite. At the time of her admission, she was suffering from cellulitis and leg ulcers which were described by her treating community matron as "superficial".
The evidence heard at the inquest revealed that the dressings were not changed daily for the entire duration of Ms Somerville's stay and the records relating to the dressing changes were not kept up to date. Ms Somerville's leg ulcers became infected and her condition rapidly deteriorated resulting in her admission to hospital on 21 January 2013. The evidence heard at the inquest revealed that she was on the verge of septic shock by the time she attended hospital and on the balance of probabilities there was no prospect of her surviving by that stage. Ms Somerville sadly passed away on 23 January 2013.
The Coroner concluded that the care provided to Ms Somerville at the nursing home was "inadequate for her needs" and as a result, Ms Somerville's condition deteriorated resulting in her admission to hospital as an emergency.
It is likely that a case will be pursued against the nursing home on behalf of Ms Somerville's estate.