Coroner calls for nurses to report on death

Blackpool and Fylde coroner Alan Wilson

Blackpool and Fylde coroner Alan Wilson

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Staff nurses caring for an elderly lady when she suffered a fall that led to her death have been asked to report to a coroner.

Grace Ryles died aged 85 on January 3, after falling at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and suffering a head injury.

She had been admitted to the hospital in November 2014, after suffering a first fall at her home in Carleton.

Senior coroner for Blackpool and Fylde Alan Wilson has asked for staff at the hospital to report to him on staffing levels on the ward where Mrs Ryles was a patient.

He has also asked for them to report to him about any risk assessments taken for her, ahead of a full inquest into the cause of her death.

The former hotelier was admitted to hospital on November 27 with a fractured hip, after falling at her home on Parkstone Avenue.

She suffered another fall in hospital on January 3.

Mr Wilson said: “I’m asking nurses to provide a witness statement about the circumstances of the fall, and a statement from the ward manager about staffing levels and whether there had been a risk assessment done of the risk of falls.”

The coroner has also asked for a hospital doctor to provide a statement on Mrs Ryles’ medical cause of death.

He added: “I’m content with what I’ve heard about the medical cause of death, and given the age [of Mrs Ryles] I didn’t think a post mortem was required.”

The case was formally adjourned on Wednesday, and it will be heard at a later date at Blackpool Coroners Court.