Hospital death inquest

It's the second day of the inquest into 53yr old Paul Ridd's death at Morriston Hospital in 2009. He had severe special needs and died because of breathing problems.

ABMU Health Board apologises to Paul Ridd's family

We once more offer our sincere condolences and apologies to the family of Mr Ridd. We are truly sorry that whilst he was a patient on one of our wards, Mr Ridd received care which fell well below acceptable standards.

Following this tragic event a thorough investigation was carried out and improvement actions identified.

We have worked hard to address the shortcomings identified and have taken action to improve the quality of care we provide across the Health Board.

We appreciate that these improvements in care can be of little comfort to the family of Mr Ridd. The Health Board would like to acknowledge that the concerns raised in this case have improved care for others.

– Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

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Nurses 'should have consulted family' over man's distress

by David Wood

Nursing manager Linda Bevan said there were "omissions in a number of areas in Paul's care".

She is now being questioned about changes since Mr Ridd's death. His special needs meant he couldn't communicate very well and nurses didn't notice how much he had deteriorated.

Nursing manager Linda Bevan says nurses should have consulted Mr Ridd's family to help recognise his signs of distress.

Inquest continues into disabled man's death at Morriston Hospital

by David Wood

Second day of inquest into 53yr old Paul Ridd's death at Morriston Hospital in 2009. He had 'severe' special needs and died because of breathing problems.

A nursing manager from the hospital says nursing levels on the ward he died on weren't high enough. They say since his death more nurses are now on duty.

Swansea Coroners Court has also heard how nursing notes into his care weren't good enough and "didn't follow guidelines"

Paul Ridd needed regular "suction" to clear airways. Doctors said should have happened every four hours in ward. Notes suggest it only happened three times in the last two and half days of his life.