THE treatment of Margaret Young, who died days after hot tea was said to have been spilled on her, has come under the spotlight at an inquest.
The hearing at Portsmouth Guildhall is investigating the death of Margaret, known as Maggie, after evidence heard that the spilled tea could have led to the pensioner’s death.
Coroner Karen Harrold heard that the nurses did what they thought was best for Mrs Young at the time, in treating the scald.
Colleen Tenniswood, who is in charge of Beechcroft Manor Nursing Home, Alverstoke, said that taking Mrs Young to hospital would have caused unnecessary distress.
She said: ‘Taking elderly people into A&E can be a distressing time as it is loud, busy and they can be waiting for hours.’
As previously reported in The News it is alleged that a mug of tea spilled on Mrs Young on June 12 last year contributed to her death.
Just five days after the accident, the 72-year-old, of Alverstoke, Gosport, was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital with an infected wound near her stomach. She died three days later.
In giving evidence, Mrs Tenniswood said they did their best with what was available with them at the care home.
She said: ‘To put a dressing on the wound, we would have had to get it prescribed by the doctor. The wound wasn’t found till Friday and by that time, it would have been too late to get a prescription for the weekend.
‘We most likely wouldn’t have got the dressing from the chemist till Monday.’
The inquest heard of a separate investigation by clinical operations manager, Rebecca Metelko.
She said that in her investigation, she found that the documentation used by nurses in the care home wasn’t good enough.
She added: ‘We have revised the way notes are left for a more efficient system.
‘It was unclear, in the notes, as to how Mrs Young was treated and when the incident was said to have happened.
‘But, in my investigation, I found no evidence of tea being spilled and I trust my nurses that they would have noticed and reported it.’