Inquest held into hospital death

A WOMAN who died in West Suffolk Hospital days after a fall at home should have received better treatment, an inquest has heard.

Lilian Sallis, 65, of Conyers Way, Great Barton, died from the effects of deep vein thrombosis, five days after being admitted to the Bury St Edmunds hospital last year.

Speaking after Tuesday’s hearing, Trefine Maynard, the lawyer representing the Sallis family, said the inquest had clarified what they believed were ‘failures in her care’.

The inquest heard there had been inadequate record keeping, that staff had not always attended to Mrs Sallis’ toilet needs and that water had been placed by her broken wrist instead of on her uninjured side.

Doubts were also raised about whether compression TED stockings had been used.

Dr Samuel Parsons and sister Beverley Hartland testified to having seen green TED stockings on or near Mrs Sallis.

Through a statement read at the inquest, Mrs Sallis’ husband Arthur described hearing a heavy thud on June 6 and rushing upstairs to find his wife lying in a pool of blood.

She refused to let him call for help until the following day when she was admitted to hospital, he said.

Whilst there, she received treatment for a broken wrist and underwent hip replacement surgery. She was also diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s Disease.

Simon Taylor, ward manager at the time, told the inquest Mrs Sallis’ charts ‘should have been better than they were’ and her water easier to reach.

He apologised for the time it had taken to attend to her on the busy ward.

Assistant coroner Yvonne Blake recorded a narrative verdict at the inquest, held at Bury’s Active Business Centre, saying Mrs Sallis was taken into hospital on June 7 and, despite efforts to revive her, died on June 12.

“She was a lovely lady and he wished she had got the same level of care from the hospital,” Miss Maynard said of Mr Sallis.