OAP death fall inquiry

A PENSIONER died in a nursing home after he fell out of his wheelchair and hit his head, an inquest heard.

Brian Dennison, aged 80, died from a subdural haematoma - a traumatic brain injury - in hospital five days after the incident at Belle Green Court care home, Belle Green Lane, Cudworth, Barnsley.

Sheffield Coroners' Court heard Mr Dennison, an unmarried man, suffered from Parkinson's disease and was confined to a wheelchair.

Care assistants Brian Lyons and Sarah McFarlane woke Mr Dennison, put him in the wheelchair and wheeled him out towards the lounge.

Mr Lyons said: "I stopped to make sure the bedroom was left tidy and the door was shut.

"As I turned to look I heard this bang. I turned back and Brian was on the floor."

Mr Dennison was taken to Barnsley Hospital and a CT scan revealed a terminal bleed on the brain.

He was not suitable for surgery and was taken back to the home, where he died on June 11.

Assistant deputy coroner Donald Coutts-Wood asked why Mr Dennison had not been strapped in.

But the home's manager Sylvia Forster said: "I know you can get belts for the wheelchair but I wouldn't have thought he would have needed them. When he has been in the wheelchair he has not been difficult."

She said staff were "all completely bewildered" how he fell out.

The coroner adjourned the inquest until Tuesday so he could examine the home's risk assessment about Mr Dennison's care.


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