Hospital is criticised over bedsore death

Echo: Molly Etty Molly Etty

A CORONER hit out at Southend Hospital staff after hearing a woman died from bedsores.

Yvonne Blake said she hoped to never hear of a similar incident again, after delivering a narrative verdict into the death of Molly Etty, 84.

Miss Etty, who lived with her niece, Lynda Clifford, in Marcos Road, Canvey, died in agony at a care home following her stay at the hospital in Prittlewell Chase, after developing bedsores which exposed her spine.

She had only gone into hospital for a hip operation.

The coroner said: “There were shortcomings in her care. I don’t want to see any more of this.”

Miss Etty was admitted to hospital on July 8, 2011, after she fell at home and needed a hip replacement.

A referral was made for her to see a specialist nurse, but it was three days before she was examined.

On July 25, Miss Etty went on a brief visit home with two occupational therapists for them to assess her requirements for when she was discharged from hospital.

It was then that the severity of the former pharmaceutical assistant’s condition was discovered by her niece.

Although the sore continued to worsen to grade three severity (five being the worst), Miss Etty was discharged to a care home, where she died on September 7.

Mrs Clifford spoke to the Echo after her aunt’s death and said the way she was treated was “horrific”.

Mrs Clifford said: “The care home staff were fantastic and did everything they could to try and make my aunt comfortable.

“However, by this point the sore had become so deep and infected and she cried in pain as it was re-dressed.

“It was horrific to see her suffer so much, but there was nothing I could do because the wound had been left untreated for so long.

“Florence Nightingale said one of the first things nurses should learn is how to deal with the elderly and infirm.

“Molly couldn’t move herself very well, so I can’t understand why she wasn’t immediately put on a special mattress.

“They need to get back to basic standards of nursing. It shouldn’t have happened in this day and age.”

Delivering a narrative verdict, Assistant Coroner Blake said: “Miss Etty fractured her hip which was successfully operated on. She developed a sacral pressure sore and her septicaemia.

She was discharged from hospital to a care home where she died.”

The family of Miss Etty received an out-of-court payment of £20,000 from the hospital, earlier this year.

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9:38am Wed 11 Dec 13

Test Tickle says...

What punishments were handed out to those individuals responsible for allowing this to happen? None I guess as there was an 'out of court' settlement.

They need to bring back Matrons for all wards.
What punishments were handed out to those individuals responsible for allowing this to happen? None I guess as there was an 'out of court' settlement. They need to bring back Matrons for all wards. Test Tickle

11:19am Wed 11 Dec 13

rayleigh123 says...

She died in agony

What can you say !!!!!!!!

Someone should loose thie job at the very least, should there not be a court case for neglet.

To end your life in agony - is this 21st century or the 19th ????


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She died in agony What can you say !!!!!!!! Someone should loose thie job at the very least, should there not be a court case for neglet. To end your life in agony - is this 21st century or the 19th ???? . rayleigh123

2:37pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Idontknowy says...

Test Tickle wrote:
What punishments were handed out to those individuals responsible for allowing this to happen? None I guess as there was an 'out of court' settlement.

They need to bring back Matrons for all wards.
They need to bring back Sisters in charge and accountable for everything and everybody on their wards
[quote][p][bold]Test Tickle[/bold] wrote: What punishments were handed out to those individuals responsible for allowing this to happen? None I guess as there was an 'out of court' settlement. They need to bring back Matrons for all wards.[/p][/quote]They need to bring back Sisters in charge and accountable for everything and everybody on their wards Idontknowy

2:39pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Idontknowy says...

I cannot understand why Southend Hospital hasn't been under the same amount of scrutiny as Basildon Hospital This sort of story about lack of patient care isn't unusual
I cannot understand why Southend Hospital hasn't been under the same amount of scrutiny as Basildon Hospital This sort of story about lack of patient care isn't unusual Idontknowy

2:43pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

She was placed in a care home, not a nursing home. Which furthers my argument about care homes.

The sooner they are regulated so tight their @rses squeak the better and they should be in tiers - just retirement, old people's homes, care homes, nursing homes and homes for people who have behavioural problems - where they need more staff and better training.
She was placed in a care home, not a nursing home. Which furthers my argument about care homes. The sooner they are regulated so tight their @rses squeak the better and they should be in tiers - just retirement, old people's homes, care homes, nursing homes and homes for people who have behavioural problems - where they need more staff and better training. Kim Gandy

4:30pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Alfiee says...

My Mother who is is 73 was in hospital last year very very poorly. She was in for nearly eight weeks. She was discharged and someone phoned and ask to collect her early as her bed was needed, and they had people waiting in ambulances for beds . She was discharged with no care package in place I went to collect her late at night, She was wheeled down in a chair and put in my car. When I got to her flat I couldn't park. So I got her out of the car and asked her to hold the fence whilst I move car. In that time she collapsed on to the pavement. I was so upset with myself I really struggled to get her into her flat. It was snowing outside. The trouble is they really don't care about the old people anymore. Breaks my heart. They are still human beings someone's Mum Dad Grandad Nanny. I will just take a pill and go to sleep.
My Mother who is is 73 was in hospital last year very very poorly. She was in for nearly eight weeks. She was discharged and someone phoned and ask to collect her early as her bed was needed, and they had people waiting in ambulances for beds . She was discharged with no care package in place I went to collect her late at night, She was wheeled down in a chair and put in my car. When I got to her flat I couldn't park. So I got her out of the car and asked her to hold the fence whilst I move car. In that time she collapsed on to the pavement. I was so upset with myself I really struggled to get her into her flat. It was snowing outside. The trouble is they really don't care about the old people anymore. Breaks my heart. They are still human beings someone's Mum Dad Grandad Nanny. I will just take a pill and go to sleep. Alfiee

5:41pm Wed 11 Dec 13

susie5 says...

I spent 15 months off and on in Southend Hospital due entirely to a shoddy operation followed by MRSA, neglect, poor care and dirty conditions. Basildon has nothing on what I saw and experienced. This was 8 years ago and nothing seems to have changed,
I spent 15 months off and on in Southend Hospital due entirely to a shoddy operation followed by MRSA, neglect, poor care and dirty conditions. Basildon has nothing on what I saw and experienced. This was 8 years ago and nothing seems to have changed, susie5

6:42am Thu 12 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

susie5 wrote:
I spent 15 months off and on in Southend Hospital due entirely to a shoddy operation followed by MRSA, neglect, poor care and dirty conditions. Basildon has nothing on what I saw and experienced. This was 8 years ago and nothing seems to have changed,
Then go private...
[quote][p][bold]susie5[/bold] wrote: I spent 15 months off and on in Southend Hospital due entirely to a shoddy operation followed by MRSA, neglect, poor care and dirty conditions. Basildon has nothing on what I saw and experienced. This was 8 years ago and nothing seems to have changed,[/p][/quote]Then go private... Nowthatsworthknowing

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