December 7 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
A man with mental-health problems who died in hospital never regained consciousness after being found in his room in the early hours of the morning, an inquest opening heard.
The death of 49-year-old Michael Campion, who had been receiving treatment at Hellesdon Hospital, has already sparked a police investigation after he had what officers described as a “medical emergency” on Tuesday, October 1.
Opening an inquest at King’s Lynn County Court yesterday, coroner Jacqueline Lake said Mr Campion had been found unconscious in his room at 3.10am.
Resuscitation was attempted and paramedics attended before he was transferred to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, where he never regained consciousness.
Despite treatment, his condition deteriorated and he died on Friday, October 4. His body was identified by his wife the following Wednesday, October 9.
A post mortem examination by Home Office pathologist Dr Nat Carey took place but the cause of death was recorded as unascertained, pending further tests.
The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed that four members of staff have been suspended while an investigation into the death takes place.
Mr Campion’s family have released a statement saying that they are “devastated” by the death.
Senior investigating officer DCI Tracey Little said previously: “We are investigating an allegation around the care the patient received prior to and during the emergency treatment.”
Roz Brooks, director of nursing, quality and patient safety at the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Hellesdon Hospital, said it was conducting its own internal investigation as well as assisting police with their inquiries.
Police have been quick to stress that the case was not linked to the ongoing investigation at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston.
A middle-aged hospital worker there has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a patient died following an alleged drugs overdose.
The inquest will be reviewed on or before January 20, 2014.