Fall was not cause of death

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The family of an 80-year-old, who died in August last year, heard her death was not caused by a fall in a care home at an inquest in Derby this week.

Former Swanwick Hall School receptionst Gweneth Heely fell at the Butterley Lodge Care Home, on Coach Road, Ripley, on August 12.

Later that day - after staff found her ‘unresponsive’ in her arm chair, Mrs Heely was admitted to Royal Derby Hospital - and died in the afternoon of August 17.

In 2005 She was diagnosed with a jugulare tumour which affected her balance to the extent she suffered from regular falls, which the home were aware of.

But deputy coroner Louise Pinder was satisfied she did not die as a direct result of the fall, returning the cause of death as an aspirational pneumonia, which saw her deteriotate rapidly on the evening of August 16, in a narrative verdict. A CT scan conducted after she was admitted showed no ‘significant trauma’ to her head, Mrs Pinder said, and Mrs Heely’s medical history left her prone pneumonia.

However her daughter Kate Sherras, of Bridle Lane, was disappointed she was not called to the hospital sooner by ward staff when her mother’s condition worsened.