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Fall at home led to elderly Lynn woman's death

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A 94-year-old Lynn woman died after a head injury she sustained in a fall went undiagnosed.

Alice Amelia Kinsley insisted that she had not hit her head during the incident at her home in Waterside.

A resumed inquest at Norwich last Friday heard that emergency department staff at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital thoroughly checked her and found no signs of a head or neck injury.

Inquest report (10996898)
Inquest report (10996898)

She was treated for cuts to her legs and discharged.

Mrs Kinsley started complaining of a headache as son Ronald drove her home and her condition began to severely worsen.

An ambulance returned her to the hospital and a subdural haematoma (bleed between the skull and brain) was diagnosed. Mrs Kinsley died the following day, August 11.

In his evidence, Mr Kinsley said: "We can only thank staff at QEH. There was no reason to think Mum should not have been discharged the first time."

Jacqueline Lake, senior coroner for Norfolk, gave a conclusion of accident.

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