Alzheimer’s sufferer Dorothy Griffiths, 87, was found after staff heard a bang and a caregiver went to the office for help to lift her. But MUSLIM nurse, Abdul Bhutto, who was in charge, said they would have to wait until he had finished praying.
UK DAILY EXPRESS (H/T Martin) Caregiver, Zoe Shaw, told the Sheffield hearing: “It took between five and ten minutes because he was praying upstairs in the office on his prayer mat. Eventually he arrived and examined the pensioner before telling caregivers to put her back to bed. She was later found unresponsive and was taken to hospital.
An ambulance was not called for nearly four hours after Mrs Griffiths fell from bed and cut her head and suffered a gash to her hip at the privately-run Valley Park Nursing Home in Wombwell, near Barnsley.
The inquest heard Mr Bhutto was the most senior nurse on duty. He examined Mrs Griffiths on the floor but did not call an ambulance and instructed carers to put her back to bed.
But instead Mrs Shaw, worried that she might fall again, washed the pensioner, dressed her and sat with her in the office. At about 5.45am she took Mrs Griffiths to the lounge. But at breakfast time Mrs Griffiths was found to be unresponsive and an ambulance was called at about 7.30am.
Mrs Shaw, who broke down and wept during her evidence, said she would have called an ambulance immediately after the fall. But that as a caregiver she did not realize she could override a nurse’s decision.
Mrs Griffiths, a former pub landlady and the widow of former Barnsley footballer Steve Griffiths, had been a resident at the privately-run Valley Park Nursing Home in Wombwell, near Barnsley, since 2009 and died in hospital on November 3.
Mr Bhutto failed to appear at the inquest in Sheffield and a summons had to be issued for him to attend later in the year. The court heard he had been contacted and denied being senior nurse that night, even though several witnesses said he was.
After the hearing was adjourned, Mrs Griffiths’s daughter Jean David, 61, said the family had been put through more grief due to the nurse not turning up. ‘What would happen if there was a fire, would they then stop praying?’
It is understood Mrs Griffiths died from a brain haemorrhage and pneumonia.