Care home defends procedures after fall

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A CARE home insists it took the correct actions after the death of the widow of former Barnsley footballer Steve Griffiths.

Coroner Donald Coutts-Wood recorded a verdict of accidental death after 87-year-old Dorothy Griffiths suffered fatal head injuries falling out of her bed at Valley Park Nursing Home in Barnsley.

But in an inquest into her death he raised concerns about incident report forms written by a carer at the home, and said it was unclear who was in charge on the night of her death.

Care home owners Mimosa Healthcare Group said ‘the appropriate procedures’ were implemented after Mrs Griffiths’ death.

They said agency nurse Abdul Bhutto - who allegedly prayed upstairs while Mrs Griffiths lay without nursing care for up to 10 minutes - had not worked at the home since the incident last October.

An ambulance was called four hours after her fall, and she died in hospital nine days later.

A spokesman for Mimosa Healthcare said: “The management and staff of Valley Park Care Home express their deepest sympathies to the family of Mrs Griffiths.

“The home has robust procedures in place to industry standards to ensure the best standard of care is provided. The Care Quality Commission found the home fully compliant at an inspection in April.

“Appropriate procedures were implemented following Mrs Griffiths’ fall.”