Laurence Vick
Posted on 13 Jan 2014

Sean Turner Inquest – Day 1

Sean Turner's parents tell of failings on paediatric ward

The inquest into the death of 4-year-old Sean Turner heard evidence from his parents Steve and Yolanda today, who told the coroner that Sean became so dehydrated he sucked the moisture out of the wet wipes meant for cooling his head.

Sean's parents believe that failings on the ward led to their son's death, and that a combination of staffing shortages, lack of training and individual negligence had been a feature of his post-operative care at the Bristol Royal Children's Hospital.

Speaking of the nursing staff on the now-infamous Ward 32 where Sean was a patient, his father Steve said that 'they cared, but didn't seem to have the knowledge or know-how to recognise a deteriorating child over four days.'

The inquest continues.


You can read the press coverage of the Turner Inquest here:

Daily Telegraph - Dying boy 'sucked moisture out of wet wipes' on 'shambolic' ward, parents tell inquest

Guardian - Parents of boy who died at Bristol hospital say his care was 'a shambles'

Sky News - Sean Turner Inquest: Parents Blame Hospital