Dental nurse died after hitting head while getting into vehicle

An inquest has revealed that a dental nurse who hurt her head getting into a vehicle later passed away after she was discovered unresponsive at home.

Area coroner Alison Longhorn opened the inquest into the death of 50-year-old Zoe Clarke during a short public hearing on June 11 at Devon Coroner's Court.

Ms Longhorn said Zoe was born in Plymouth and lived at a property in Plympton. She passed away on June 1 this year following an incident on May 26.

The inquest heard that Zoe suffered a fall on May 26 and struck her head while attempting to get into a vehicle. She then attended the Cumberland Centre for treatment. Her injury was examined but she later returned to her home in Plympton. However, by May 31 she had deteriorated and she was found unresponsive in her home.

An ambulance was called and paramedics attended her property. She was conveyed to Derriford Hospital but Ms Longhorn said that "sadly her health declined further and she returned home to her parent's address in Plymstock where she passed away on June 1."

Ms Longhorn said there were no suspicious circumstances and on the current evidence the medical cause of death was intracranial haemorrhage.

The hearing was adjourned and a full inquest will take place at a later date to examine all the circumstances of Zoe's death.