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Porter’s death was an accident

PUBLISHED: 16:10 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 11:16 12 August 2010

THE discovery of a 59-year-old hospital porter lying unconscious with a head injury in the reception area led to an investigation by police. But, the Croydon inquest on Nicholas Jeremy, of Kent Road, West Wickham heard last Thursday it was established fr

THE discovery of a 59-year-old hospital porter lying unconscious with a head injury in the reception area led to an investigation by police.

But, the Croydon inquest on Nicholas Jeremy, of Kent Road, West Wickham heard last Thursday it was established from a check of CCTV film that no-one had been around at the time.

Pathologist Dr Adam Coumbe gave the cause of death as adult respiratory distress syndrome due to the head injury, with cirrhosis and hypertension as a contributory factor.

Maureen Byrne, a cleaner at Beckenham Hospital, said she found Mr Jeremy on the floor when she walked into the main reception.

"I shouted: 'What's wrong?' He was looking at me but he didn't seem to know what I was saying. I ran down the corridor for a colleague."

Two nurses arrived on the scene and an ambulance was called.

Mr Jeremy was taken to the Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough, and from there was transferred to the National in Bloomsbury, where he died four days later on October 5.

Detective Inspector Paul White said extensive inquiries were carried out including a playback of footage, and he was satisfied that nothing suspicious had occurred.

Mr Jeremy, he added, may have hit his head on a chair as he fell.

Recording an Accident verdict, Coroner Dr Roy Palmer, said he could have stumbled or tripped.


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