NHS trust fined following falls deaths

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has  fined following a series of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigations into the deaths of five elderly patients.

The patients, aged between 72 and 92, sustained fatal injuries as result of falling while being cared for in hospitals run by the Trust. Four died as result of falling at the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford. The fifth succumbed to injuries at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. The deaths took place between June 2011 and November 2012.

The HSE investigations found that fall prevention measures, including close supervision of those in a confused mental state, were not properly applied. This was made worse by poor consideration and communication surrounding measures to protect against falls arising from each patient’s particular frailties.

The Trust fined £333,333 and ordered to repay £130,000 in costs.

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