CONCERNS have been raised about record keeping at a care home after the death of the widow of former Barnsley footballer Steve Griffiths.
The family of 87-year-old Dorothy Griffiths were dismayed after hearing contradictory evidence at a Sheffield inquest into what happened following a fall from her bed.
An earlier hearing was told Mrs Griffiths was left without nursing care for five to 10 minutes – allegedly while agency nurse Abdul Bhutto prayed.
Carer Zoe Shaw had said: “It took between five and 10 minutes because he was praying upstairs in the office on his prayer mat. A staff member told me we had to wait.”
But Mr Bhutto, who was working his second shift at Valley Park Nursing Home in Barnsley, disputed her account, and said he had attended as soon as he was asked.
Asked by the coroner if he had finished his prayers when he was asked to come downstairs, he said ‘yes’. “When I finished my prayers I was sitting on my mat and then I just put my shoes on and went downstairs,” he insisted.
The inquest heard Mr Bhutto was thought to be the most senior nurse on night duty at the home, run by the Mimosa Healthcare Group, but coroner Donald Coutts-Wood said it was unclear who was in charge that night.
Mrs Griffiths died in hospital from bleeding on the brain.
Mr Coutts-Wood recorded a verdict of accidental death but raised concerns about incident report forms written by one carer but signed by Mr Bhutto.
Speaking after the hearing Mrs Griffiths’ son Stephen, 51, said: “I am very concerned by the contradictory evidence.
“I find it very upsetting that we get different versions from both sides, one side saying one thing and the other side saying something else.
“I don’t dispute that it was accidental death, that my mother fell out of bed and banged her head.
“But the explanations for what happened are contradictory. The coroner thought that as well.”