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Coroners Act In the matter of Coronial Findings and Recommendation into the Death of Ms Souzana Afianos pursuant to section 46B dated 1 January 2004



Coroners Act In the matter of Coronial Findings and Recommendation into the Death of Ms Souzana Afianos pursuant to section 46B dated 1 January 2004

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generated by the computer and cannot be altered. It notes an arrival time of 3.34am on 18 February 2002. She said that it would only be in the event of the computers not being operational that a manual date would be inserted and in any event that would then be affected by a backdated entry through the computer. She confirmed however that the computers were fully operational on that night. She said that her role was to take a history and assign a triage category. 81. She confirmed that the Deceased was not made to wait at all on the night in question. She confirmed that there were no other people in the waiting room. Importantly, she recalled that it was not a particularly busy evening. She said that it is not possible for a patient attending Accident & Emergency to attend at the wrong desk, nor is it possible for a patient to enter Accident & Emergency and not be seen by the triage nurse or the receptionist. 8 2 . The evidence of Mrs Florance regarding the waiting time was put to her and, not surprisingly, she could not explain that discrepancy. She accepted that a computer error in the recording of the time might account for that but she considered this to be very unlikely. It also very much cuts across her evidence that there was no fault with the computer as far as she knew on that night. 83. Mr Paul Florance and Mrs Maria Florance also gave evidence inter alia directed to the time that the Deceased and Mrs Florance attended at Accident & Emergency on the morning of Monday 18 February 2002. On this issue Mrs Florance said that they would have arrived no later than about midnight and she would not concede any later than 12.30am. Maria Florance was quite persuasive in her explanation as to why she was so certain of the time, tying it in as she did from an arrival home from work earlier than normal because of a sense of not feeling well on her own part. Mr Florance confirmed that his wife came home earlier but not because of 34

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