Suffolk

West Suffolk Hospital attack victim 'died of pneumonia'

  • 3 January 2014
  • From the section Suffolk
West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds
Image caption Richard Bowman had been admitted to West Suffolk Hospital with a chest infection

An 86-year-old man who died after he was attacked in his hospital bed by a dementia patient had bronchopneumonia, an inquest has heard.

Richard Bowman suffered severe head, leg and arm injuries on a ward at West Suffolk Hospital, on 25 November.

He died 12 days after being attacked by the patient, who was wielding a bottle.

An inquest in Bury St Edmunds heard Mr Bowman died of natural causes, having also suffered cardiac failure.

Mr Bowman had been admitted to hospital with a chest infection.

The inquest at the Active Business Centre was opened and adjourned.

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