Inquest after man died following fall at Medway Hospital

Medway Martime Hospital. Picture: Google

An inquest has been held after a 91-year-old man died following a fall at Medway Hospital.

Former shipwright Roy Willing of Plantation Road, Gillingham, was admitted to hospital in March 14 this year with a suspected chest infection, having a had a history of heart and respiratory problems.

Medway Martime Hospital. Picture: Google

The inquest at Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone today heard how he had subsequently developed delirium, and then suffered a fall at his bedside causing a brain hemorrhage.Prior to the incident a nurse had requested a "fall sensor pad" which had not been available on the ward, but she had been unable to go to another ward due to short staffing levels and procedures in place to restrict movement between wards due to coronavirus.

However Sonia Hayes, assistant coroner for Mid Kent and Medway, noted it was unlikely that a fall sensor would have prevented the fall, while one-to-one nursing was also deemed unrealistic due to staffing levels.

She said she was was satisfied doctors had done what they could to treat Mr Willing, adding: "His GP had referred him to the appropriate place to hospital and it's likely that if he hadn't been referred to hospital he would have died earlier."

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