An investigation has been launched by Herts Police into a Croxley Green care home after an allegation of abuse against an elderly resident was made.
Georgie Lamb, granddaughter of Vera Harman, 95, said she was sick to her stomach when her grandmother, who was a resident at Croxley House, was rushed to hospital with a huge gash on her leg in May this year.
Alarm bells began to ring when doctors revealed that Vera, who is an ex-Navy Wren, was also suffering from a broken neck bone and severe bruising all over her body which wasn’t likely to have been caused by her “recent fall” according to doctors.
Speaking to CroxleyNews Mrs Lamb said: “On the day of her being taken into hospital, I had three different calls from three different people at Croxley House telling me three different stories. Nothing made sense and when I saw my nan at the hospital covered in blood and screaming, I knew something wasn’t right.
“She was in a bad state, she was crying, wetting herself and her injuries were so bad. Alongside the gash on her leg, doctors said she was suffering from such a severe urine infection it had turned into sepsis.
“Questions were starting to come into my head about why this hadn’t been picked up by the care home, then I found out about her other injuries and old bruising and instantly started to feel sick.”
After an examination, doctors questioned Mrs Lamb about a huge bruise across her back which doctors said was about “five days old” and the broken bone in her neck.
Police were called after Mrs Harman became restless after she was told by her granddaughter, four weeks after she was hospitalised, that it was time for her to go back to Croxley House, when she replied, “But what about those ones that attacked me?”
Talking through tears, Mrs Lamb opened up about the devastating impact it has had on her family saying they all feel a lot of guilt about everything that has happened.
An inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in March 2019 revealed that the home required improvement across all sectors including, caring and safety.
A Croxley House spokesperson said: “Over the last few days, allegations against Croxley House have been published in the media. The allegations are subject to an on-going investigation by the police and local safeguarding team. As such, the home is extremely limited in any statements it can make.
“Based on the limited information available to date, Croxley House is not aware of any evidence to support the allegations and we will continue to co-operate fully with the investigation. We hope the investigation will be concluded quickly and urge the police, safeguarding team and hospital to publish their findings.
“Mrs Harman is a long-standing and popular resident at the home. We wish Mrs Harman a continued smooth recovery.”
Herts Police are investigating, and enquiries are continuing.
Herts Police have said: “An investigation has been launched by Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Safeguarding Adults From Abuse unit, following an allegation of assault against a woman aged in her 90s, at an address in Croxley Green. Enquiries are continuing and it would, therefore, be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”