The family of a woman who died after sustaining horrific bed sores in Sheffield nursing home are to receive an undisclosed amount of compensation from the home for clinical neglect.
Doreen Betts (78) from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, died in May 2009 due to blood poisoning, after sores on her feet were left untreated for three months. The pathologist, who carried out the post-mortem on Mrs Betts, claimed at the inquest into her death that the sores were the worst grade they could have been, and penetrated so deeply that they reached the bone.
The family of Mrs Betts had claimed in their actions against Kersal Mount Nursing Home (now known as The Laurels and The Limes) that staff had been advised by Mrs Betts’ GP to seek expert advice on the sores, but none was ever arranged. It was only when Mrs Betts’ daughter had visited her mother that an ambulance was called and Mrs Betts taken to hospital.
Even though the condition of the sores improved under hospital care, Mrs Betts was also suffering from extreme dehydration and renal failure. The cause of death was determined as sepsis – an infection of the blood caused by pressure sores – and it was the opinion of the pathologist at the inquest that Mrs Betts would still be alive today had staff acted on the advice of her GP.
An undisclosed out-of-court compensation settlement was agreed between legal representatives of Mrs Betts’ family and the nursing home.