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Coroner demands action to prevent deaths at Bedford Hospital

A coroner's demanded action at Bedford Hospital after the death of a patient who fell over and banged her head.

Pamela Evans, who was 87, became dizzy, fell over and fatally banged her head while being taken to the toilet.

She wasn't seen by a doctor for several hours and died a week after the fall.

Coroner demands action to prevent deaths at Bedford Hospital Credit: ITV Anglia

Although coroner Amy Street, said her death could not have been prevented she was concerned that other people may die unless action is taken.

She's told the hospital there is a loophole in their procedures which needs to be addressed.

The coroner found that "despite the increasing concern of nursing staff, she was not seen by a doctor until for several hours; the relevant medical team was attending a cardiac arrest and the critical care outreach team was not called."

In her report, the coroner said: "If the relevant medical team is busy dealing with another emergency, a patient may still face delay receiving potentially life-saving measures, even if the critical care outreach team is called."

Coroner demands action to prevent deaths at Bedford Hospital Credit: ITV Anglia

A spokesman for Bedford Hospital NHS Trust said that the hospital does not routinely comment on individual patient cases.

In addition, certain patient cases could be undergoing investigation to respond to a Coroner's report, in which it would be inappropriate for the hospital to make any comment about such cases during this time. The trust continues to offer the patient's family our sincere condolences and sympathy for their loss."

– Bedford Hospital NHS Trust