Choking verdict for Bexhill care home death

Hastings Magistrates' Court
Hastings Magistrates' Court

A woman died in a care home after choking on her lunch, a coroner’s court heard on Tuesday (November 3).

Jacqueline Blackman passed away at Hazelmere Nursing Home at around 12.30pm on June 2.

The 63-year-old suffered from Parkinson’s disease and struggled to swallow food.

Despite advice to only eat mashed food, Ms Blackman ate normally after signing a disclaimer saying she understood the risk.

On the day she died, a care assistant gave her lunch and briefly left the room to get a bib.

When she returned, Ms Blackman was choking and paramedics could not save her.

PC Rob Hart found no suspicious circumstances and coroner Alan Craze concluded the death was accidental at Hastings Magistrates’ Court.

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