Great-grandmother with Parkinson’s repeatedly left lying semi-naked in soiled bedding by carers in weeks before her death

By Jennifer Newton for MailOnline

Published: 12:41, 6 September 2014 | Updated: 16:39, 6 September 2014

Doris Paver, who is said to have died in squalid conditions at St James’s Hospital in Leeds after staff failed to monitor her care

  • Staff at St James’s Hospital failed to monitor the care given to Doris Paver
  • Claimed she was stripped of dignity and left semi-naked in soiled bedding 
  • Concerns also raised about her feeding tube and failure to control her pain
  • The 79-year-old also developed pressure ulcers and bed sores 
  • Family have been awarded a four-figure pay out after consulting solicitors
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust say they hope to learn from their failures

A great grandmother who suffered from Parkinson’s disease was repeatedly left semi-naked in soiled bedding by hospital carers in the weeks leading up to her death.

Doris Paver 79, died at St James’s Hospital in Leeds, where it is claimed staff failed to monitor her care and even subjected her to an unnecessary surgical procedure.

Mrs Paver was admitted to the West Yorkshire hospital after collapsing at her nursing home in Leeds, and later developed several pressure ulcers and a severe bed sore.

It is claimed she was stripped of her dignity after being left in a state of undress in soiled bedding on several occasions while in the hospital’s care.

There were also concerns that her feeding tube was fitted inappropriately into her stomach and that staff failed to control her pain.

Her daughter Valerie King also alleged that the hospital took longer than needed to provide a specialist mattress.

She also added that staff failed to keep records on how often she was turned over to prevent further ulcers.

Mrs King, 56, was awarded a four-figure pay-out from Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust after consulting solicitors.

Now she has hit out at the Trust, who she says failed to provide basic care, which in turn contributed to her mother’s death in May 2011.
She said: ‘It was stressful enough dealing with the emotional strain of a sick mother, without the added worry about her physical well-being, a lack of adequate pain management and a loss of dignity for the duration of her stay.

‘It was clear to me from the outset that mum was not getting the proactive support she desperately needed from the nursing and medical teams.’
Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust has now apologised to Mrs Paver’s family for the treatment she received at St James’s Hospital,

They also added that they hoped to learn from previous failures.

Chief nurse Suzanne Hinchliffe said: ‘We recognise that, regrettably, certain aspects of Mrs Paver’s care did not meet the high standards that we aim to achieve and were below the standard that she and her family were entitled to expect.’