Falls killed elderly woman
November 03, 2010
An elderly woman who suffered a series of falls in a nursing home died of accidental causes.
Elsie Dawson, 85, died at Glebelands Residential Home in Woolf Drive, Wokingham, on Tuesday, June 22, earlier this year, shortly after having an operation for a bleed to the brain at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
Ms Dawson was treated at the hospital after being referred from The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading where she was taken on Tuesday, June 1, when staff at the nursing home found her unresponsive in bed.
She had previously had symptoms of dizziness and had a series of falls, for which the cause was not obvious.
The 85-year-old was given a CT scan at the Royal Berkshire Hospital which revealed a subdural haematoma, more commonly known as a bleed to the brain.
After being referred to the John Radcliffe for an operation to ease the bleeding, Ms Dawson returned to the nursing home where she passed away a short time later.
Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford gave a verdict of accidental death.