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Great Cornard care home resident died after suffering bleed on brain following unseen fall, inquest hears

Suffolk Coroners Court (12157025)
Suffolk Coroners Court (12157025)

A 73-year-old woman died after suffering a bleed on the brain as a result of an unseen fall.

Sandra Burrows was taken to West Suffolk Hospital after being found on the floor at Mellish House Care Home in Great Cornard on September 21 last year.

An inquest at Suffolk Coroner’s Court in Ipswich earlier this month heard that medical staff were unable to carry out a CT scan on Mrs Burrows, because her dementia meant she was too agitated.

Mrs Burrows returned to the care home, where, three days later, she was found slumped in a chair.

When a CT scan was carried out, it revealed the presence of a bleed on the brain and hydrocephalus.

On September 26, Mrs Burrows returned to the care home, where she died four days later.

Andrea Middleton, the advanced clinical practitioner who examined Mrs Burrows following her first hospital admission, said that, although she had a bruise on her head, there were no other signs of a serious head injury.

A review conducted by West Suffolk Hospital concluded she was moving too much on the first visit for a CT scan to be undertaken.

It may have been possible to do the scan using light sedation, but the outcome of Mrs Burrows’ injury would have remained the same.

Senior Suffolk coroner Nigel Parsley concluded she died as a result of an accident.

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