Great-grandmother, 84, died after falling over on her way to her Covid vaccine

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Great-grandmother, 84, died after falling over a rubber mat on her way to the vaccination clinic for the first dose of her Covid shot, an inquest hears

  • Margaret Reilly, 84, fell over a rubber mat in the hospital to avoid slipping
  • The retiree was on track to receive a Covid-19 shot in Shrewsbury in December
  • Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust boss has ‘apologized unconditionally’

A great-grandmother died after falling over a rubber mat on her way to a vaccination clinic to receive her first dose of the Covid-19 shot

Margaret Ann Reilly arrived at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital with her husband to receive their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

While her husband had his temperature checked, Mrs. Reilly tripped and fell on a mat that had been left out to prevent patients from slipping during the recent snow.

A few days after the bad fall, the pensioner died of her injuries.

Margaret Ann Reilly visited Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in December to receive her first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. However, the great-grandmother suffered fatal injuries after she tripped and fell on a mat that had been left out to prevent patients from slipping

The hospital trust director said the mats had been removed from the area to prevent further accidents, adding that he “apologized unconditionally” to the retiree’s family.

An inquest last Thursday heard that Ms. Reilly was entering the building – which had been rescheduled to accommodate coronavirus measures, including a one-way system – through the back entrance, an inquest in Shirehall in Shrewsbury heard on Thursday.

The retired VAT inspector was preparing for the first dose of the Covid vaccine.

It had snowed that day and rubber mats had been placed at the entrances to prevent slipping and damaging the carpet.

A report read by Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin senior coroner John Ellery said Ms. Reilly’s husband had his temperature measured when the incident occurred.

Mr. Ellery added that several security measures put in place as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, including using the back door to enter the building as part of a one-way system, are expected to have impacted the risk of hazards.

Arne Rose, medical director of the hospital’s trust, confirmed that the mats had since been removed, saying he “apologized unconditionally” to Mrs. Reilly’s family.

An internal investigation by the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) that was triggered ‘due to a trip caused by a mat’ resulted in several recommendations, including ensuring that one method of reducing a hazard others not magnified.

The mats have since been removed.

The report added that there had been no previous trips in the weeks leading up to the incident while the mats were used by residents of the same age and mobility.

During the inquest it was learned that Ms. Reilly “fell several times in the months leading up to this fatal fall.”

Arne Rose, medical director at SaTH, said, “We would like to offer our sincere condolences to Mrs. Reilly’s family for their loss.”

Our sincere sympathies are with them. On behalf of the Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Trust and Vaccination Service, I offer my unreserved apologies to the Reilly family for this very tragic accident.

‘After the incident, we investigated the cause of the accident and a full risk assessment was carried out by occupational health and safety and the fall prevention team.

As a result, the mats have been removed from this area to prevent further tripping or falling.

“We also have some clear recommendations, including updated risk assessments with specialist input from counterfeit specialists when changing a building’s primary purpose, to make sure nothing like this happens again.”

Mr. Ellery recorded an accidental death claim.

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