Fracture missed by Sheffield hospital

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A NARRATIVE verdict has been recorded after the inquest of a Sheffield woman who died two months after medics failed
to spot her broken hip.

Irene Goodison, aged 93, fell at her home in September 2011 and was admitted to the Northern General Hospital before being released into respite care after medics said there was no sign of broken bones on her X-ray.

That December, one month after she eventually went back home, she fell again and was admitted to hospital for a second time, where it was discovered she had suffered an impacted fracture.

She underwent an operation, but died two months later at Lime Trees nursing home, Devon Road, Pitsmoor.

A post mortem examination found she died from pneumonia, likely to have been caused by immobility after her injury.

The verdict said: “On September 14, 2011, Mrs Goodison fell and was admitted to hospital. On September 18, she was discharged to care and returned home on November 21, but on December 21, she had another fall.

“An X-ray disclosed a fracture of the neck of the left femur, but the report indicated no fracture.

“She was discharged on December 22. At a GP visit on December 28, Mrs Goodison was in severe pain. Two days later the fracture was discovered and she had surgery.”

She was discharged, but on March 2, she deteriorated and she was taken to hospital where she died.