Whitefriars Care Home in Stamford charged over death of widow, 84

Whitefriarsl Care Home, Stamford
Whitefriarsl Care Home, Stamford
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A charitable trust which runs a care home in Stamford is being taken to court over the death of an elderly woman resident.

The Orders of St John Care Trust has been charged with failing to ensure the health or safety of Dorothy Spicer, who lived at Whitefriars Care Home in St George’s Avenue.

Mrs Spicer, who was 84 and a widowed mother of two, was found lying outside the home in the early hours of November 26, 2009. She died two months later in Stamford Hospital.

An inquest into her death in February last year heard she had been outside the care home in freezing conditions for more than eight hours when she was discovered by Whitefriars staff.

The jury at the inquest into Mrs Spicer’s death returned a narrative verdict saying she died of pneumonia due to decreased mobility following a bout of hypo-thermia and dementia.

The trust will appear at Grantham Magistrates Court on July 8 for a committal hearing and could face a crown court trial.

The trust was in court on Monday last week for a preliminary hearing.

A trust spokesman said: “We confirm we attended Grantham Magistrates Court on May 13 in connection with a prosecution brought by South Kesteven District Council for an alleged breach of section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 following an incident in November, 2009 when a resident at one of our residential homes was left unattended.

“It would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time except to say that the trust has fully co-operated with all agencies to assist with an understanding of how the incident occurred and to learn all possible safety lessons arising from it.”