AN inquest was due to begin today into the death of a pensioner who was trapped in the revolving doors at South Tyneside District Hospital.
A safety probe was launched at the hospital, in Harton Lane, South Shields, after the death of the 73-year-old death on October 27, 2011.
The OAP, from South Shields, had been at the site for a routine appointment before he became trapped in the doors at the hospital’s outpatients department, fell and broke his hip.
An inquest into his death will begin today at the coroner’s office in Station Road, Hebburn.
The hearing will be led by South Tyneside coroner Terence Carney in order to establish how Mr the patient came by his death. A second incident, involving another revolving door at the main entrance of the hospital, happened after the one involving the pensioner.
It led to an investigation last year by health bosses into whether or not the doors needed to be upgraded beyond national safety standards.
Both doors were adapted while the safety probes were carried out.
At the time of the inquiry, Steve Jamieson, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust’s director of corporate services, told the Gazette in March 2013: “An elderly gentleman sustained a fracture in an accident, which happened more than a year ago, in the revolving doors of the outpatients department at South Tyneside District Hospital and, tragically, he later died.
“At the time, we met with the relatives of the gentleman and discussed the circumstances in detail with them.
“We launched a full investigation, which assured the Trust that the doors, which are of a high quality design, are of a type fitted in many hospitals across the country, and which conform to British Standards Institute (BSI) quality standards, were in full working order, and were being used in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidance.
“More recently, there was a minor accident at the revolving doors of the hospital’s main entrance, which are of the same design.
“We decided to put the doors in both places on automatic slide – opening from the centre on approach – while we fully explored whether there was potentially a need for any modifications exceeding BSI standards.”
n Log on to www.shieldsgazette.com today for updates on this story.