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Family Search For Answers As Inquest Continues

Friday June 14 2013

Barnsley Hospital Barnsley Hospital

THE family of a woman who died months after moving to a care home are still waiting for answers - almost three years after her death.

Jean Turner, 67, from Wombwell, died of pneumonia at Barnsley Hospital in November 2010 with two grade five bed sores she developed while at Highgrove care home, Stairfoot, an inquest was told.

But it was adjourned last Wednesday morning after further records from the care home were disclosed which had not been presented prior to the start of the hearing.

Scott Haslam of Raleys Solicitors, representing Jean's family, said: "The family is upset and we are concerned that a full set of Mrs Turner's records from the time she spent at Highgrove were not provided at an earlier stage.

"The family is disappointed the inquest has had to be adjourned and that, two-and-a-half years after Mrs Turner's death, they are still waiting for answers."

On Tuesday Pathologist Dr Melanie Levy told the court that one sore on the bone at the base of Jean's spine was so severe it exposed 6cm of bone.

Medical records showed the sores to be infected, which Dr Levy said could have made Jean more prone to pneumonia or made it more difficult for her to combat it, as it would have impaired her immune system.

However, Jean's daughter Carol told the court she held the home responsible.

"I firmly believe if I had taken my mum to live in my house and left her there eight hours a day she would be standing here today and not in a cemetery," she said.

"I put my mum in 24-hour care so she should have been flourishing - she shouldn't have had holes in her back."

The inquest continues.

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Reply Posted by maud on Monday June 17 2013 at 00:13
this really makes me feel so sad that this happened to jean & for the family of a loved one i worked in care for 15 yrs and i can honestly say that the care manages of the tree homes i have worked in would have given us the marching orders if we had failed to report or seek medical attention of any thing that did'nt seem right or did'nt look right the elderly should be treated like you would treat your own mam or dad it's disgusting that this lady had to suffer like she did i know it won't bring your mum back carol but i hope you get justic for the suffering of your mam so so sad fly with the angels mrs turner x

Reply Posted by carol turner on Saturday June 22 2013 at 16:59
thankyou maud for your kind words . this has to stop and the only way is to make people aware . and make the people responsible for there actions . these people were not carers they are fully qualified nurses x

Reply Posted by janemaire on Friday June 21 2013 at 21:12
my son died at 16 and i never got told any thing from them he would be 32 now and i still do not now want happen to him

Reply Posted by maud on Tuesday June 25 2013 at 12:22
i am sorry to hear this janemarie i lost my daughter i said she ad been murdered but nothing was done about it because the man involved killed himself 2 days after her funeral then my family av to put up with comments from his wife that she is starting to forgive my daughter for killing her husband i was'nt told anything my self either she was 26 at the time she ad 3 beautiful children the baby was only 5 months old she would av been 36 now my heart goes out to you because in ur mind like myself ur mind is not at peace

Reply Posted by mohammed on Wednesday June 26 2013 at 16:03
I hope and pray that jeans family get the answers and after nearly 3 years of fighting for justice they deserve them now. Why has the care hone found records after 3 years and why we're they not presented to jeans family or the court? I'm not saying they must have something to hide but it does raise serious issues. May god bless jean and here wonderful family for fighting her corner and may he give them the strength to carrying on fighting until justice is done.