Care home injuries investigated

Published Monday, 28 April 2014
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An investigation has been launched after a woman suffered unexplained injuries while at a care home in Co Londonderry.

Care home injuries investigated
Vivienne's family want to know what caused the injuries she sustained. (© UTV)

The family of Vivienne Peoples, 40, who has epilepsy and cerebral palsy, say she has suffered a catalogue of injuries while in the care of Belmont Cottages, an independent sector run home.

Her sister Nicola Hamilton explained: "She has had a busted lip on two separate occasions, she's been found lying in a pool of blood in the corridor.

"When she was taken to hospital, she had to be admitted to have a tension wire put into her elbow. While she was in surgery, they discovered that her shoulder had also been fractured."

Nicola said they were unsure if she had suffered abuse at this stage, but she believes her sister has been a victim of neglect.

"We would like answers, to how Vivienne sustained the injuries and we would like accountability. We can't take anymore of her suffering," she added.

Police have launched a joint inquiry into the allegations, along with the Western Trust.

Vivienne is no longer being cared for in Belmont Cottages as the family await the conclusion to investigations which began over 18 months ago.

© UTV News
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Brian in Ballymena wrote (276 days ago):
I've worked with Patients such as these in both Acute and Mental health nursing; and whilst abuse like this unfortunately does happen on occasion in less than reputable Care homes and Organisations; to suggest abuse without all the facts is unfair. This lady is Epileptic and on many occasion I've seen similar injuries from seizures; falls; and self harm. It all boils down to supervision. Staffing levels are so low within homes and Hospitals to ensure this lady is safe 24/7 is nigh on impossible sadly.
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