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Trust in £40k payout over septicaemia death

The family of a pensioner who died in hospital after contracting septicaemia have spoken of their anguish after the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust admitted negligence over her care.

Lily Convill, who was aged 79, fell at her home at Donegall Road in 2005 and died seven months later in the Royal Victoria Hospital. Her family claimed she was not treated properly and died from septicaemia as a result.

The case was settled out of court yesterday with the Trust paying the Convill family £40,000 in damages and costs.

Mrs Convill was first admitted to the Royal in January 2005 with a suspected broken hip but, the family claim, the hospital were unable to determine if it was broken for 15 days.

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

Her daughter Christina said her mother knew she was not getting proper care.

The Belfast Trust confirmed in a statement that it admitted liability and deeply regretted the distress felt by the Convill family, but was not in a position to comment further.

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