Women dies after being attacked in hospital by another patient

A MUM died after being attacked in hospital by another patient, allegedly for snoring as she slept.

Eileen Bunting, 64, was struck with a cup by the woman she was sharing a room with at Hull Royal Infirmary.

Her son thinks it was a “premeditated” attack, after the woman was found to have tied the door handles together to stop anyone coming in.

Mark Bunting told Hull Live: “The nurses must have been doing the rounds, noticed the doors were shut and found my mum full of blood and her stood over her with a cup.

“The doors had been pulled to and tied together with a blanket and then she preceded to attack my mum. It was premeditated.”

Eileen’s husband Philip added: “Apparently the night before, another patient said the patient that attacked her was getting agitated at Eileen’s snoring.

“She took a pill that night, a sleeping tablet and that night she just attacked her. I know it was to do with snoring. I know it’s the reason.”

He said she was due to come home the next day, but after being assaulted her health rapidly declined and she died on April 4.

Eileen’s cause of death was renal failure, but her family are convinced the attack set her back as she recovered from a stent fitting.

Mr Bunting said she should have been safe while on the ward, and never expected her to be attacked.

He added: “She came out of the hospital the next day but the day after, she was back in again. A few days later we were told she only had a few days left to live.

“She was seeing things and talking to people who weren’t there. She just wasn’t herself.

“It shouldn’t have happened. After that happened, the woman was put in a room by herself under 24 hour guard and surveillance.”

A statement from Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust says: “We would like to express our sincere condolences to Mrs Bunting’s family.

“The attack on Mrs Bunting was carried out in the early hours of the morning by a fellow patient who had given no prior indication of violent tendencies or intentions.

“The ward was staffed in line with recommended national guidelines for the time of day, however it is clearly not possible for staff to supervise all patients individually, round the clock.

“Staff were shocked but immediately followed all the correct procedures which included alerting security, ensuring Mrs Bunting received appropriate medical attention, isolating the other patient, calling the police and recording the attack as an incident.

Our Patient Experience team has not received any formal contact from Mrs Bunting’s family, but we would welcome the opportunity to discuss their concerns and look into the matter further; our Patient Advice and Liaison Service can be contacted on 01482 623065.”

A Humberside Police spokeswoman said: “Detectives are investigating reports of an assault at Hull Royal Infirmary at around 3.45am on Friday, March 22.

“It was reported that a 64-year-old woman suffered facial injuries after she was allegedly assaulted by another woman. Enquiries are underway to establish the circumstances of the incident.”