Investigation as woman, 70, dies after being 'dropped from operating table'

An investigation is under way at a hospital where a woman reportedly died six weeks after she was dropped from an operating table.

Jeanette Shields, 70, broke her hip while being treated in Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, for gall stones.

Her husband John said she fell after feeling dizzy when she got out of bed to go to the toilet by herself, having received no response to her buzzer.

She had an operation two days later to repair the fracture, after which Mr Shields said the hospital called to say it had been a success but that ‘unfortunately they dropped her off the operating [table] after the surgery’.

He told the BBC: ‘She had a great big bump on the back of her head and she just deteriorated, and then she just passed away, just died. I’m shocked, I’m really shocked.’

Mrs Shields, from Carlisle, died on May 21.

A spokesman for North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘An investigation is currently under way in relation to an incident involving a patient in one of our theatres.

‘Our regulators are aware of the investigation.

‘We are unable to comment on ongoing investigations and once it is complete, the findings will be shared with the family and with our regulators in line with normal procedure.

‘The outcome of the investigation will also determine any further action that we will need to take. We remain in regular contact with the patient’s family.’

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