The James Paget Hospital at Gorleston in Norfolk have given their reaction to a Coroner's findings at the inquest into the death of a patient who has just been transferred from a mental health unit.
A verdict of Natural Causes with a background of dehydration was recorded on 45 year old Denise Davies from Lowestoft.
Nick Oligbo, Medical Director at the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“We offer our condolences to Mrs Davies’s family who have listened with great dignity to the circumstances which sadly led to her death in June 2013.
Our internal investigation identified lessons to be learned about the way that we care for patients who are both mentally and physically unwell.
The coroner acknowledged that doctors are right to take the issue of patient consent very seriously.
Our doctors did all they could to try to establish if Mrs Davies should be forcibly treated given her particular circumstances.
The coroner also noted we have been working closely with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust to improve patient care.
We have done all that is possible to support the coroner in her work and will now consider carefully her detailed findings before taking appropriate action in the interests of our patients.”
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