November 21, 2017

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Southern Health NHS Trust admits guilt after woman’s death

In courtAt Oxford Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust pleaded guilty to a charge under Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, following the death of 45-year-old Teresa Colvin at Woodhaven Adult Mental Health Hospital, in Southampton on 22 April 2012.

The prosecution has been brought by the HSE. No sentencing date has been set, however a hearing has been arranged at Oxford Crown Court for Monday 27 November 2017.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) spokesperson said: “HSE acknowledges the defendant’s guilty plea but will not make a further comment until after sentencing.”

Found unconscious

Teresa was found unconscious at Woodhaven Adult Mental Health Hospital. The trust pleaded guilty to a charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act, by failing to protect her from serious self-harm.

It is the third time the trust has appeared in court facing health and safety prosecutions in recent months.

In a statement, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust said it had “failed Teresa and her family”.

The trust’s chief executive, Dr Nick Broughton, said: “Teresa tragically died whilst she was being cared for in one of our inpatient mental health units.

“It is clear that we should have taken action sooner to prevent this tragic outcome and undoubtedly, knowing that more could have been done will only add to the pain of Teresa’s family.”

Death of patient

According to the BBC, the trust pleaded guilty in September to a safety charge over the death of patient Connor Sparrowhawk, 18, who drowned in a bath at a care unit. And in October, it was ordered to pay £161,000 after a patient fell from a rooftop.

Dr Broughton added: “The prosecutions against the trust are extremely serious and have contributed to a wholesale programme of change.”

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lorraine miles
lorraine miles
4 years ago

I nearly died after wrong prescription from a southern health doctor – the dr then increased the wrong drug and i suffered for 18months -the care co-ordinator said i must be going through the menapause and this was why i wasnt feeling any better- the dr is free to carry on as protected by Southern Health – i can no longer get mental health treatment as i complained about being on wrong drug -been waiting 2 yrs now for referral to different mental health service and new therapist