The operators of a Community Health Centre in Suffolk are facing legal action from the husband of a patient who had a fall out of bed accident from which he believes she subsequently died.
Joy Saunders from Ipswich was admitted to the Bluebird Lodge Community Health Centre to receive specialist physiotherapy treatment after the seventy-six year old had suffered a stroke while on holiday in Spain.
Joy´s husband – David – specifically asked nursing staff to erect a guard rail alongside Joy´s bed as he was concerned she might fall out of the bed due to her distressed state.
However, the Community Health Centre phone David the next morning to say that Joy had been discovered on the floor alongside the bed, but could not tell him how the patient fall out of bed had occurred, or how long his wife had been lying on the floor.
David visited Joy that morning and raised concerns about the bruises she had on her face and her incoherent speech. However it was two days until doctors at the Community Health Centre gave Joy a scan – at which point she was diagnosed with a brain haemorrhage.
Because of her condition, Joy required care twenty-four hours a day, and – as the Bluebird Lodge Community health Centre was not able to provide the care she needed – Joy was moved to a hospice, where she died in December as a result of her injuries.
David Saunders has now made a compensation claim for Joy´s patient fall out of bed accident, which he believes was completely avoidable and ultimately responsible for his wife´s death. He alleges in his legal action that there was a breach in the duty of care to prevent the patient fall out of bed accident and that Community Health Centre were negligent in failing to provide a thorough examination of Joy´s injuries.
David´s patient fall out of bed accident compensation claim is being made against the security company Serco – which operates the Bluebird Lodge Community Health Centre under a contract with the NHS to provide community healthcare services in Suffolk.