Norwich man suffering psychotic episode died after being restrained, inquest hears
PUBLISHED: 18:35 27 March 2017 | UPDATED: 20:45 27 March 2017
A man who suffered fatal injuries while under the care of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust had run out of medication to treat his schizophrenia, an inquest has heard.
Neil Jewell, 42, of Philadelphia Lane, Norwich, died at Ipswich Hospital on January 17, 2014, after being transferred to the Woodlands psychiatric unit in Ipswich just days before.
The inquest heard ‘childlike’ Mr Jewell arrived at Norwich’s Hellesdon Hospital clinic in a ‘pale and distressed’ state on January 6, 2014, saying he had ran out of Clozapine, a drug used to treat schizophrenia which had kept him ‘stable’ for three years.
In a family statement read out by Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean, Mr Jewell’s sister Christine Welfare claimed her brother had been sent away with an insufficient supply of medication on a previous visit to the clinic.
Mr Jewell’s mental health rapidly deteriorated in the following days so he was put in the care of Hamilton House in Norwich.
He had became paranoid, psychotic and started hearing voices in his head.
While at the clinic, Mr Jewell barricaded himself in his room and started ‘clawing the walls’ and trying to harm himself.
Mr Jewell was sectioned under the mental health act and restrained with the help of police before being transferred to Wedgwood House at West Suffolk Hospital via ambulance on January 11, 2014.
The inquest heard he was laid face down on a stretcher in the ambulance with his arms and legs restrained.
The same day, Mr Jewell was transferred to the Woodlands Unit at Ipswich Hospital where he was placed in a seclusion room under constant observation.
On January 12, 2014, he was found unresponsive in the seclusion room after suffering a cardiac arrest.
He was taken to Ipswich Hospital’s A&E department and given CPR and defibrillation but never regained consciousness.
His family agreed to have life support switched off on January 17 as doctors could not wake him up.
Dr Dean said a post mortem examination revealed the cause of death was bronchopneumonia and hypoxic brain damage.
The inquest is expected to continue for four weeks.