Woman died after fall, inquest hears

PUBLISHED: 18:30 17 February 2015

County Hall in Exeter.

County Hall in Exeter.

Archant

Coroner for Exeter and Greater Devon, Dr Elizabeth Earland, recorded a conclusion of accidental death.

An 89-year-old Honiton woman died following complications after a fall, an inquest heard.

Joyce Booker, who was born on October 28, 1924, was a resident of Gittisham Hill House care home, in Sidmouth Road.

The inquest, at County Hall, in Exeter, heard that Mrs Booker had a history of dementia and needed a frame to help her get around.

She fell in the home’s main lounge at 8.50pm on Saturday, June 7, 2014, fracturing her right hip in the process.

Paramedics arrived at 9.22pm after she complained of pain in her hip, and took her to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

Mrs Booker, who was a retired police officer, underwent hip replacement surgery at the hospital on June 8, 2014.

The inquest heard that she was a ‘different person’ upon return to the home.

Mrs Booker died at around 4.50am on July 6, 2014, from an artery blockage caused by deep vein thrombosis, as a result of the fracture being operated on.

Coroner for Exeter and Greater Devon, Dr Elizabeth Earland, recorded a conclusion of accidental death.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Midweek Herald. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Midweek Herald