A widower is preparing a legal case in order to claim compensation from a nursing home over the death of his wife while she was in the home´s care.
Joy Saunders (76) from Ipswich in Suffolk was admitted to the physiotherapy unit at the Bluebird Lodge Nursing Home in Ipswich on November 27th last year after suffering a stroke while on holiday in Spain.
Her husband – David – specifically asked nursing staff to erect bed rails alongside her bed to prevent her from falling out of the bed as she was distressed; but, on the first night she stayed at the nursing home, Joy tumbled onto the floor and banged her head.
David received a telephone call the following morning to say Joy had been found on the floor alongside the bed, but nobody could tell him how the accident happened or how long she had been lying there on her own.
Despite severe facial bruising and incoherent speech- and her husband´s concerns – medical staff at the nursing home failed to conduct proper tests to assess the extent of Joy´s injuries for two days, after which she was diagnosed with a brain haemorrhage.
Joy required around the clock care, and was moved to a hospice in December, where she died as a result of her injuries.
David Saunders is now taking legal action to claim compensation from the nursing home and the security company Serco – which operates community healthcare services in Suffolk under contract to the NHS.
He alleges that his wife´s death came as a direct result of her preventable fall from the nursing home´s bed, and that there was an unacceptable failure in the duty of care to examine his wife´s injuries in a timely manner.