Fall made woman’s lung infection worse

an 81-year-old woman from Belper died from an underlying lung infection that was exacerbated by an injury sustained in a fall at her home, an inquest has heard.

Patricia Greensmith, of Fritchley Lane, died at the Royal Derby Hospital on November 5 last year.

She fractured her left clavicle in a fall on October 31 in the bathroom of the house she shared with husband Douglas.

A statement from Douglas was read out during the inquest at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner’s Court. It said during that night he heard a bump after helping Patricia into the bathroom.

The next day she was examined by a doctor, before staying in bed for “a couple of days”. But she didn’t want to eat and began to hallucinate.

Patricia was admitted to hospital on November 3. The following day it was found she had fractured her clavicle. She was breathing slowly.

She died the following morning as Douglas was on his way to the hospital.

Assistant deputy coroner Paul McCandless returned a narrative verdict and said: “Patricia’s death was predominantly as a result of an underlying lung infection that was exacerbated by her indisposition following her fall.”