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Dunstable man with bedsores died due to lack of care

The Swiss Cottage nursing home
Alan Simper, 84, of Dunstable, died after being admitted to the home

A man died from infected bedsores within four weeks of being admitted into a nursing home because his care was inadequate, an inquest has ruled.

Alan Simper, 84, of Dunstable, died in February last year.

He had been taken to hospital from the Swiss Cottage nursing home in Leighton Buzzard, suffering with 18 bedsores.

The inquest heard Mr Simper was grossly unkempt, covered in dry faeces and one of his sores could not be measured because he was in such pain.

In January 2009, after a spell in hospital, Mr Simper was admitted to the Swiss Cottage nursing home.

At the time he had three pressure sores but within four weeks he was in a life threatening condition and was re-admitted to hospital with 18 sores.

'Rapidly deteriorating'

The inquest heard that staff failed to adequately review Mr Simper's admission or ensure an effective care plan was in place.

Luton and Dunstable coroner David Morris recorded a narrative verdict into Mr Simper's death.

Mr Morris said there was a failure of professional responsibility on the part of the care home.

"Mr Simper, whilst incapacitated by rapidly deteriorating physical and mental health, died for want of care by those charged with it," the coroner said.

Sarah O'Mara, area manager for Southern Cross Healthcare which managed the care home, claimed in a statement: "Significant steps have been taken to improve the quality of care provided at Swiss Cottage.

"Under the new leadership, staff are focused on providing the very best and most professional care."

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