Investigation after woman dies following a fall on hospital grounds

The woman was on hospital grounds by the main Oak Road entrance when the accident happened. Credit: MEN Media

Health chiefs are investigating after an elderly woman died following a fall outside a hospital in Manchester.

The 77-year-old woman hit her head after stepping out of a taxi on the grounds of The Christie in Withington.

Bosses have called her death a "tragic accident" and say it is being reviewed in line with the trust’s accident reporting policy.

It's understood the patient was visiting the hospital for an appointment when she hit her head.

Emergency staff from the hospital, which does not have an A&E department, helped the woman calling 999 to request an ambulance. She was rushed to another hospital, where she later died.

A spokesperson for The Christie NHS Foundation Trust said: “We can confirm that a 77-year-old female patient arriving for an appointment at The Christie by taxi at around 9am on February 5, stumbled after getting out of the taxi, fell backwards and hit her head."

“There was no obvious cause for the fall. The fall was on hospital grounds in a flat, tarmacked drop-off area by the main Oak Road entrance. The temperature on the morning of February 5 was above freezing. There had been light rain, but no ice and gritting had not been necessary.“

"Whenever required, The Christie has a comprehensive gritting policy in place, in which patient areas are a priority.“