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Death of Cheltenham lady at Gloucester psychiatric hospital

  • Published: Monday February 24, 2020
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As reported by BBC News, the health ombudsman has held that the death of Erica Henderson, following failings by Gloucestershire Health & Care and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust, was avoidable.

The ombudsman, Rob Behrens, advised that there was a “mix up” when she changed hospitals and that she had suffered a seizure but wasn’t seen by a neurologist. He further commented that she was “sent back to the mental health hospital and she subsequently had an opportunity to take her own life, which she should not have had if the observations had been properly implemented.”

The Ombudsman’s report explains that Ms Henderson ought to have been continually observed and her medication kept under review. It also states that the deterioration of Erica’s condition ought to have been realised and acted upon in good time.

Sadly, the Ombudsman concludes that “on the balance of probabilities, her final attempt to take her own life would not have occurred, and it is more likely than not that her death would have been avoided.”

If you or a loved one have suffered harm because of suspected clinical negligence, one of our specialist clinical negligence solicitors would be happy to speak with you and advise you on your options, including a formal complaint and a legal claim. There is no initial charge for discussing this with us and we will talk you through your options, including how to fund a case and the possibility of a no win no fee arrangement (conditional fee agreement or CFA)”