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Rugeley pensioner found dead at home after hospital visit

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: July 16, 2014

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A RUGELEY pensioner was found dead at home four days after she was examined at Stafford Hospital and two days after her GP visited her at home.

But an inquest heard that Gloria Bland, of Park View Terrace, died as a result of a twisted bowel, a condition that could only have been diagnosed during the course of an attack.

The inquest heard that Mrs Bland was ill with a number of long-term conditions including Parkinson’s Disease, arthritis and angina. She had difficulty speaking, had to be fed through a tube and had a urinary catheter fitted.

When the 65-year-old was taken to hospital on January 12 complaining of pain in her side and chest she was given a range of tests and a urine infection was diagnosed. She was sent home with antibiotics.

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Dr Michael Harrison, Mid Staffs and UHNS clinical director of emergency medicine, said Mrs Bland did not have symptoms suggesting a twisted bowel, a condition that could “come and go”.

And when her GP Dr Sreedhar Gubbi visited her at home on January 14, he diagnosed constipation. 

She was found dead by a carer on the morning of January 16.

South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh concluded that Mrs Bland died of “a naturally developing condition”.

“This was not causes

”There was no gross failure of basic care and this is not a situation where neglect is apparent,” he said.

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