Botched meds ‘played role in Alma’s death’

Alma Davey
Alma Davey

A GP’s botched prescription played a part in the death of a 92-year-old woman, according to a doctor who treated her before she died.

As reported last week, GP Dr Philip Turner apologised to Alma Davey’s family after he admitted misreading her medical form and prescribed a form of penicillin.

My mum was a great sister, mum, grandma and great-grandma.

Edwin Bolderson, Mrs Davey’s son

Alma had a history of adverse reactions to the drug dating back to 1981.

During an inquest at Bradford Coroner’s Court Dr Niall Cox, geriatric consultant physician at Dewsbury and District Hospital, said he believed an allergic reaction to penicillin was a “contributory” factor in her death.

Mrs Davey died on July, 19, 2013.

The well-known great-grandma lived in Morley for 60 years before going into Manorcroft Care Home in Earlsheaton, Dewsbury.

A statement read out on behalf of her son Edwin Bolderson said: “I am very unhappy that my mum was given penicillin.”

It added: “My mum was a great sister, mum, grandma and great-grandma.”

A statement from her daughter, Shirley Gibson, said she was surprised and upset there was no mention of the allergy at the time of her mother’s death.

The inquest has been adjourned to an unset date because assistant Coroner Dr Dominic Bell wished to hear more medical testimony.

It was expected to finish last Friday, but will probably take three to four more days to conclude.