An elderly woman has died of pressure sores infected with MRSA because hospital staff failed to turn her, family members say.

Maureen Clayton was admitted to Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, Kent, after she suffered a fall at home. The 86-year had a dangerously low heartbeat and needed a pacemaker fitted.

Her son, Phillip, says there was a delay in fitting the pacemaker. He also alleges that she was not turned by nursing staff once during her 11-week hospital stay, even though a patient should be turned every four hours.

This substandard care left the retired teacher with pressure sores across her body, which subsequently became infected with the hospital superbug MRSA.


Mr Clayton has lodged an official complaint. He said: “The fact that my mother died is unfortunate. The way she died in pain and tears from the pressure sores is a disgrace and, in my view, totally unacceptable.”

“Add this to the fact that I have had no response from the hospital and you have to conclude that they simply do not care. It is wrong to say my mother would not have died but I do think the care she received shortened her life.”

“It was not the right way for her to die. The way she spent her last few weeks was shocking. The real problem is a total lack of leadership which permeates right down to ward level of service. I do not need apologies or a formal investigation, what I would like to see is change.”

Claiming for infected pressure sores

If your loved one acquired pressure sores in hospital and these became infected, there may be grounds for a medical negligence compensation claim. For more information, please get in touch with us at Glynns Solicitors today.

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