Exmouth pensioner left shaken after tripping on loose paving slab

PUBLISHED: 09:32 29 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:32 29 June 2017

Elizabeth Ruff who tripped on a lose paving slab outside Tesco, in Exmouth

Elizabeth Ruff who tripped on a lose paving slab outside Tesco, in Exmouth

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An elderly Exmouth woman was left with cuts and bruises after falling on a loose paving slab outside the town's Tesco superstore.

One of the injuries suffered by Elizabeth Ruff after a fall outside TescoOne of the injuries suffered by Elizabeth Ruff after a fall outside Tesco

Elizabeth Ruff, 88, of Exeter Road, was shopping with her daughter, Beverley Walsh, when she tripped near the entrance to the Salterton Road shop.

After being treated by ambulance staff for injuries to her forehead, face, hands, arms and her elbow at the scene, paramedics decided to take her to the minor injuries unit at Exmouth Hospital.

Elizabeth, who was ‘visibly shaken’ by the incident, said she does not regularly visit the superstore, but was invited for a ‘ride out’ with her daughter.

“I was walking into Tesco and, as we walked along, I went to get a trolley and I slipped up,” said Elizabeth.

Beverley said: “I was rather shocked when I saw my mother on the floor and the fact that she had hit her head. I rushed to her and luckily some passers-by called an ambulance and the medical staff from Tesco.”

She said her mum fell ‘very badly’.

“It was bad enough, but could have been a lot worse if she had been wearing her glasses,” added Beverley.

In response, a spokesman for Tesco said: “Following an incident involving a 
loose edging paver next to a tree planter at our Exmouth Superstore, in-store colleagues marked the loose paver with a cone. 
Our maintenance team was immediately informed 
and the paving has now been repaired.”

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