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OAP’s death raises care concerns


2 July, 2007  

Betty Margaret Robinson died in hospital after a seven week stay in Avonmead Nursing Home in Devizes, UK.

She was admitted from her home in Chippenham, with a bedsore at the base of her spine. The pressure sore got steadily worse during her time there. When she was admitted to the Royal United Hospital in February last year the sore had developed into a two-inch by three-inch sore which was covered by dead flesh. It was one-inch deep and extended to her sacum bone. She died in hospital on April 3 despite doctors efforts.

Before she died, tissue viability consultant Gill Wicks, of Trowbridge Hospital, initiated an alert system known as the Vulnerable Adults Procedure, which warns of possible physical or mental abuse and neglect, because she was seriously concerned about Mrs Robinson’s welfare and believed her to be at risk.

Her family subsequently made a complaint about the standard of care she received in Avonmead Nursing Home.

A regulation inspector from the Commission for Social Care Inspection, is expected to give damning evidence about the poor quality of care at Avonmead Nursing Home.