Coroner warns carer over mum death inquest evidence

BE Lifestyle staff member Angel Prasad leaves Maroochydore Court House after giving evidence at a coroner's inquiry into the death of Leah Floyd.
BE Lifestyle staff member Angel Prasad leaves Maroochydore Court House after giving evidence at a coroner's inquiry into the death of Leah Floyd. Stuart Cumming

A CARER who looked after quadriplegic patient Leah Floyd in her final weeks has been warned by a coroner to be careful how she answered questions at an inquiry into Mrs Floyd's death.

A number of events recalled by disability accommodation provider BE Lifestyle employee Angel Prasad in her written statement to the inquiry were found on Tuesday to have occurred before she started working there.


Mrs Floyd, 48, died in Nambour General Hospital on October 10, 2013, six weeks and one day after moving into BE Lifestyle's Yandina Ck care facility.

She had a pressure sore on her lower back that had been there when she arrived but deteriorated in the lead- up to her death.

The inquiry heard Ms Prasad had compiled the statement from memory, but the amount of content found to have been incorrect warranted her evidence to be adjourned so her legal team could make retractions overnight.

One of her answers while being questioned by barrister David Schneidewin, who was counsel for Blue Care, prompted Coroner John Lock to remind her she was under oath and could be charged with perjury.

Ms Prasad said she had tried to build a relationship with Mrs Floyd and help her recover from her pressure sore but Mrs Floyd had fought her "every step of the way".

Ms Prasad said Mrs Floyd had refused to roll on to her side to relieve pressure from the sore.

"She wasn't very compliant when it came to looking after her own needs," Ms Prasad said.

Former BE Lifestyle carer Melissa Dyke said she had known Mrs Floyd as a slight lady who cried a lot and missed her children.

"She wasn't happy there," Ms Dyke said.

She said she could not remember receiving specific training for Mrs Floyd's needs.

Giving her evidence on the phone, Ms Dyke recalled being on a shift on September 22 when a dressing on the lower back sore had come off.

She had previously been told not to touch the pressure sore dressing, but said she and another colleague had to do something.

"It just smelt bad and it needed caring for properly," Ms Dyke said.

She said they re-dressed the wound.

"We shouldn't have been doing it but it needed something to cover it because it was weeping everywhere," she said.

Ms Dyke said she knew patients with pressure sores needed to be turned often to ensure the wound was not always under pressure.

"She wasn't being turned like that," she said.

"She was just lying on her back."

Former BE Lifestyle team leader Stephanie Smith also gave evidence, detailing concerns that Mrs Floyd had said she wanted to die.

Representatives from Blue Care and the Department of Communities are among those scheduled to give evidence on Wednesday.

Topics:  be lifestyle blue care coroner's inquest department of communities mother nambour general hospital quadriplegic sunshine coast yandina creek

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