Staff nurse speaks at inquest into death of man found hanging in hospital

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A staff nurse has given evidence at an inquest being held into the death of a man with mental health issues who was found hanging at a Ribble Valley hospital.

The inquest into the death of Jonathan Keith Davies (39) was resumed today (Wednesday) by the Senior Coroner for Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley, Mr Michael Singleton.

Mr Davies, who was a patient at Kemple View hospital in Langho, and originally from Manchester, died on September 18th, 2013, at the Royal Blackburn Hospital, where he was taken for emergency treatment on September 15th.

The hospital, owned by the Partnerships in Care group, was represented at the inquest by their solicitor.

The jury heard an opening statement from the coroner who also read a written statement from Mr Davies’ mother Diana Davies.

In her statement, Mrs Davies provided a detailed account of the period leading up to her son’s death and expressed concerns at his distress regarding his deteriorating condition and various aspects of his treatment at the hospital.

On the second day of the inquest staff nurse Joanne Cruz told the hearing she had seen Mr Davies on a regular basis while he underwent assessments with doctors and psychiatrists.

She said this process also involved speaking to the patient and asking their opinion. Mrs Cruz said that Mr Davies had not attempted self harming in three months and there was no evidence to suggest he had made any attempts to take his own life.

Documented notes detailing the care given to Mr Davies outlined the fact he had been encouraged by staff to engage more in activities and talk to staff about his feelings and vent his frustrations. He was warned that if he did not do this he would be placed on the highest level of observation.

The inquest heard that Mr Davies had responded to this by taking part in football sessions organised by the occupational therapy team, but he had also expressed feelings of hopelessness and despair that he would never get out of hospital.

The inquest continues.