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Trust pays out £40,000 in costs and damages

The family of a south Belfast pensioner, who died in hospital after contracting septicaemia, have been awarded £40,000 in damages and costs.

Lily Convill (79) fell at her home in Donegall Road in 2005 and died seven months later in the Royal Victoria Hospital.

The Belfast Health and Social Care trust admitted negligence over her care and the case was settled out of court on Monday.

Mrs Convill’s family claimed she was not treated properly and died from septicaemia as a result.

The pensioner was first admitted to the RVH in January 2005 with a suspected broken hip.

However, the family claim the hospital was unable to determine if it was broken for 15 days.

She developed a pressure sore on her heal which grew and grew until “her whole heal turned black”.

Mrs McConvill’s daughter, Christina, said her mother knew she was not getting the proper care in hospital.

The Belfast Trust confirmed in a statement that it admitted liability and deeply regretted the distress felt by the Convill family.

However, it said it was not in a position to comment any further.

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