Fall death of Valewood House nursing home resident probed

The death of a 94-year-old man from heart failure after a fall at a nursing home near the Surrey-Sussex border is being investigated by detectives.

Sussex Police said it could not rule out the possibility that a third party was involved in Geoffrey Frost-Ward's fall at Valewood House.

He broke his leg in the lounge of the home in Bell Vale Lane, near Haslemere, Surrey on 9 November.

The home said no member of staff had any third-party involvement.

Mr Frost-Ward died at the Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford later the same evening.

Family informed

A post-mortem examination carried out six days later showed he died from heart failure resulting from the fracture.

Detectives from the Surrey and Sussex major crime team are interviewing residents and staff but a spokesman said there was no threat to other residents.

Police said Mr Frost-Ward's family was being kept informed of any developments.

Valewood House has 40 places for residents with dementia and mental disorder.

Director Philip Coleshill said: "Mr Frost-Ward's death is the subject of a police investigation but no member of staff here had any third-party involvement, and he died in hospital."

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