70 year old woman dies after being dropped from operating table

Jeannette Shields, 70, has died after hospital staff “dropped” her from an operating table.

70 year old woman dies after being dropped from operating table. She had been receiving treatment for gall stones at Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle. In an interview with the BBC her husband John said that she had broken her hip after falling while going to the toilet alone when nobody responded to her buzzer asking for help.

He said that two days later she had surgery to mend the hip and that the hospital said the operation had gone well. However they then told him she had been “dropped” off the operating table.

He added “She had a great big bump on the back of her head and she just deteriorated and then she just passed away. I’m in shock”. Jeannette died on the 21st May, six weeks after the operation on her hip.

John said that he was told there would not be a post-mortem examination on her body. North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust said they are currently investigating an incident “involving a patient in one of our operating theatres”.

A spokesman for the Trust added “The outcome of the investigation will also determine any further action that we will need to take. We remain in regular contact with the patient’s family.”


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