Daughter raises concern over care at Basingstoke hospital

THE daughter of an elderly woman has voiced her unhappiness about the care her mum received at Basingstoke hospital.

Sandra Spreadborough expressed her concern at the inquest into the death of her 90-year-old mother Mary.

Mrs Spreadborough fell at Alton Community Hospital on October 5 and died the following day at Basingstoke hospital.

An inquest heard how the pensioner was heard to fall at around 7.30pm and staff rushed to her room to help.

Mrs Spreadborough, of St Peters Road, South Ham, Basingstoke, was found by a nurse lying on her back in the middle of the floor.

The inquest in Alton heard it appeared she had been trying to move herself between a chair and her bed.

North east Hampshire coroner Andrew Bradley said the evidence was that her condition did not immediately appear that serious, but she kept lapsing in and out of consciousness and staff called her family at 8.30pm to let them know she had fallen.

At 9.30pm, her condition worsened and she was taken to Basingstoke hospital. But she never recovered consciousness and died the following day at 7.30am.

Mr Bradley said the fall had caused a blood clot in the pensioner’s brain.

He added the cause of death was a subdural haemorrhage and noted Mrs Spreadbor-ough also had existing “multiple health problems” including the effects of a previous battle with cancer. She weighed around 6st when she died.

Her daughter Sandra Spreadborough told Mr Bradley that she was unhappy with the care her mother received at Basingstoke hospital.

She said: “At 3am, I had to beg for pain relief because her pain was obviously getting worse. I’m not happy I had to beg for it.”

Mr Bradley recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.

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