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Cumberland Infirmary patient 'dropped' from operating table dies within weeks

A woman has died after being "dropped" on the floor during surgery on her hip, which she had broken while in hospital.

Jeannette Shields, 70, had been receiving treatment for gall stones in Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Trust said an investigation was under way "in relation to an incident involving a patient in one of our theatres".

Mrs Shields' husband, John, said he told the hospital he would not be "pushing this thing under the carpet".

His wife left her bed to go to the toilet by herself after getting no response to her buzzer, Mr Shields said. She felt dizzy, fell and broke her hip, he told the BBC.

Two days later she had surgery to repair it, after which the hospital called Mr Shields to say the operation had been successful but that "unfortunately they dropped her off the operating [table] after the surgery", he said.

"Then they had to use the sliding board to pick her up and rush her in and do scans on her," he said. 

"She had a great big bump on the back of her head and she just deteriorated and then she just passed away, just died.

It is not clear what happened or how Mrs Shields ended up falling from the operating table.

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Source: BBC News, 28 May 2021


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