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Pensioner’s wheelchair fall from medical lift on bus investigated

Posted in: Medical Negligence Public Liability Public Transport 

The Scottish Borders Council is currently investigating why a 75-year-old pensioner fractured her skull when her wheelchair fell from a minibus just outside her care home. The incident occurred on Thursday the 14th of November, and Margaret Bell has remained in the Borders General Hospital since. Mrs. Bell, from Galasheils, was being assisted out of the minibus by a medical lift at the Oakview Day Centre when she fell to the ground.

The Scottish Borders Council is investigating the incident so that it definitely does not happen again. The investigation will allow a full review of risk assessment and other procedures to try to understand what actually happened. A spokesman for SBC said:

“In the light of the findings, we will ensure that the necessary changes are made so that this does not happen again.”

Driver also suffered a leg injury

Mrs. Bell’s husband, John, described the occurrence as “frightening” and argued that falling from a medical lift should be “impossible”. However, he did say that hopefully an inquiry would ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

The Thursday morning saw Mrs. Bell fall three feet onto the concrete ground, where she hit her head. Not only did she suffer a fractured skull, but she also had several cuts on her head and the driver that was assisting her suffered a fairly serious leg injury.

The SBC has offered their apologies to the family and said that they will continue to support them as much as possible.

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