‘Mystery’ fall led to death of OAP

AN ILKESTON war veteran died after falling from his mobility scooter while using it for the first time.

An inquest at Derby Coroner’s Court heard that Charlie Robinson, 85, was out on the scooter for the first time when he fell and hit his head in the car park of Ilkeston Community Hospital on March 22, last year.

He was on his way to meet friends for lunch at the Heanor Road hospital as site co-ordinator Joanne Burnett told the court he often did.

“We all knew Charlie, he was a lovely man and always friendly and happy.

“He was often at the hospital meeting with his friends, they all had a nice little outing every day.”

Beverley Love, a nurse on Manners Ward, found Mr Robinson on the floor of the car park and started first aid.

Another nurse from the minor injuries unit joined her and they took Mr Robinson inside.

He was transferred to the Queen’s Medical Centre only a few hours after the fall as his condition had deteriorated.

He had a CT scan at the hospital but doctors decided he was too unwell to operate on. On March 26, 2010 Mr Robinson, who lived on Church Street, Ilkeston, died.

Giving evidence, Mr Robinson’s daughter, June Fretwell, said: “I wish I’d never got him the mobility scooter now but he was getting a bit mad driving the car and I thought it was time he used a scooter instead.

“He’d had it for a while, been up and down the road practising on it and was fairly confident, it was more of a pride thing not using it.

“He was a lovely man and I miss him so much still, he was so independent and still so active.

“I was there with him day and night, I was totally shattered.

“I left for a couple of hours to get some sleep one night and got a phone call to say he had passed away.

“It doesn’t make sense that he went to war and survived and then died this way. It’s so sad.”

Dr Atwal, a pathologist at the Royal Derby Hospital carried out a post mortem examination and gave the cause of death as pneumonia caused by bleeding on the brain.

The court also heard reports from nurses and consultants involved with taking care of Mr Robinson.

Deputy Coroner Louise Pinder praised the quick response of staff at Ilkeston Community Hospital.

Summing up, she said: “It remains a bit of a mystery as to what exactly happened.

“What we do know is that staff treated him within minutes of his fall and quickly and correctly got him the help he required.

“The fact that he fell where he did probably gave him a better chance than most.”

A verdict of accidental death was recorded.