Nursing home’s care criticised

Derby Coroners Court.
Derby Coroners Court.

An Ilkeston nursing home has defended itself against ‘grave concerns’ a family has over the death of a resident during an inquest into her death.

Maureen Naylor died from septic shock caused by a large ulcer on her heel on September 13 last year, a few days after being admitted to Queen’s Medical Centre.

The 77-year-old, who was unable to look after herself, also suffered from diabetes, which made it difficult to treat the sore and more likely for her to pick up the infection, which ultimately killed her, medical staff agreed at Derby Coroner’s Court on Tuesday (October 1).

But daughter Diane Marriott claimed that in the days leading up to her mother’s admission to hospital, staff at Ashford Lodge nursing home, where she had lived for nine years, had told her she was dying from organ failure and made no mention of the ulcer.

She also said that on one visit her mother was sat in a wheelchair, ‘unable to talk and unresponsive’, with only a flimsy bandage around her injured foot.

“If she was dying of organ failure, why was she not in bed to die with dignity?” she asked.

“Why was she stuck in a wheelchair at a table with no pressure boot on her foot?”

General nurse at Ashford Lodge Caroline Blore denied both accusations.

“She [Mrs Marriott] absolutely was informed about that [the ulcer],” she said.

“There’s no way that I wouldn’t have called Diane in and not mentioned that. It was at the heart of what was going on.”

Deputy assistant coroner Louise Pinder asked Ms Blore if the care Mrs Naylor received at the Gregory Street nursing home ‘fell below the standard that would be expected’.

“I’m quite offended by that statement,” Ms Blore replied.

“We did everything that we could and everything that we should.”

Ms Pinder asked that the home meets with Mrs Marriott outside the court, adding: “The family still have some grave concerns. It may be with regards to communication, not with relevance to this inquest.”

The inquest was due to conclude on Wednesday morning as the Advertiser went to press.