Independent widow died after fall

An independent Seaford pensioner who lived on her own died following a fall, an inquest has heard.

Gladys Eallett, of Arundel Road, had been admitted to the DGH after falling while out shopping on October 2 but the inquest heard it was a second fall that caused her death.

The 99-year-old was taken to the DGH, had a CT scan and was monitored after the first incident and also seen by physiotherapists. Therese Ademola from the hospital intervention team, told the inquest the pensioner could climb stairs in the hospital well and was content to be going home.

The inquest, which took place last Thursday at Eastbourne Magistrates Court, listened to a statement on behalf of her GP which explained she had had several falls in the past but had declined to go a falls clinic.

Mrs Eallett, who had a cleaner and gardener come to her home once a week, was seen again on October 9 by an experienced member of staff for the injury near the eye area that she had sustained on October 2. She was due to come back to hospital a week later but on that day her cleaner called paramedics after finding her in a confused state.

She was taken to hospital but her condition deteriorated and she died the next day. A post mortem examination said the cause of death was a bleed between the skull and surface of the brain (subdural hematoma).

Although the second fall was not witnessed Coroner Alan Craze said, “The subdural hematoma found was enough to kill her and cannot in my opinion go back to October 2.

“There’s enough evidence that there was a second quite separate fall.”

He recorded a verdict of accidental death.