Woman ‘left on floor as nurse prayed’

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AN ELDERLY woman who fell out of bed at a care home was left on the floor for up to 10 minutes because a nurse was busy praying, an inquest heard.

Dorothy Griffiths, aged 87 - the widow of former Barnsley footballer Steve Griffiths - suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease.

A Sheffield inquest heard she was found on the floor by staff who heard a bang at the private Valley Park Nursing Home in Wombwell. A carer went to the office for help lifting her, but agency nurse Abdul Bhutto, who was in charge, said they would have to wait.

Carer Zoe Shaw told the hearing: “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 for him to finish.”

Mrs Griffiths had hit her head and grazed her hip in the fall. The inquest was told she was checked over when Abdul Bhutto arrived. Later she was ‘talking fine’ and walking around. But at breakfast she was unresponsive and an ambulance was called at 7.30am - nearly four hours after the fall on October 24 last year. She died 10 days later in hospital.

Mr Bhutto did not attend the inquest and a summons has been issued for him to do so. The inquest has been adjourned.

Assistant deputy coroner Donald Coutts-Wood said he had contacted Mr Bhutto, who denied being the duty nurse that night, saying he had been there on a course.

Mimosa Healthcare Group, which runs the home, declined to comment.