Sussex mental health trust’s apology over care errors

A mental health trust has apologised to the family of a man who hanged himself.

It is understood that Patrick Whiting, 43, was told just days before being found dead that there was no room to treat him at the Woodlands mental health unit in St Leonards.

He had been released from the same facility just three days previously.

Dr Shakil Malik, from the Sussex Partnership Trust, made the apology on the first day of a two-week inquest adding that “errors” had been made.

The trust’s clinical director for adult mental health services, said: “We regret that our usual high standards were not always followed in Mr Whiting’s care. Errors were made.

“We have apologised unreservedly to Mr Whiting’s family.

“We have made some changes to the way we assess risk, share information and support patients and their families when they are discharged and receive care at home.”

Depression

The first day of the inquest at Hove Crown Court was told that Mr Whiting, of Highcroft Villas, Brighton, had suffered from a variety of mental health problems.

In particular he struggled with delusions and depression. The jury heard that he battled with a voice in his head he called “the controller” which told him to do certain things including attempt suicide.

His condition worsened in the spring of 2012 with events coming to a head on March 21.

The jury heard that his twin brother, Andrew, had contacted police at 8.46am that morning to report his worrying behaviour.

Strange behaviour

A member of the public called again at 9.06am to report Mr Whiting acting in a strange manner outside a nearby school.

Two officers attended and Andrew informed them that his twin was mentally ill and had been suicidal in the past.

He added that he was staying with him and he was due to take him to see a doctor later that day.

As a result the officers decided not to section the troubled man.

But less than an hour later, Andrew called 999 again with his brother perched on the edge of a steep railway embankment.

Detective Sergeant Niall Moloney, said: “Andrew hardly had an opportunity to speak when he said that he had jumped off the wall.”

Fatal fall

Mr Whiting was airlifted to the Royal Sussex County Hospital but miraculously survived.

DS Moloney defended the decision of his colleagues not to section Mr Whiting less than an hour before he jumped.

He said that given that he was near his home, with his brother and had a doctor’s appointment later that day, they made the “most practical, pragmatic and right decision for the individual at the time”.

The inquest heard that following the 100ft fall, Mr Whiting received treatment from mental health staff before being sent to the Woodlands unit.

He was released in mid-May and was found hanged at home on May 19.

The inquest continues.

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10:33pm Tue 12 Feb 13

causton says...

the way mental health nhs is run in brighton is a complete shambles,i ve experiencesed alot of negliagence,and so have alot of people,and all they can say is sorry every time,but never change there ways of dealing with things.how many more deaths,before the system changes.there way of dealing with people is by drugging people up too the eyes with strong drugs,not even properly doseing or monitoring,and even explaining the terrible side effects,that make you more suicidle. the person then gets aggressive which another side effect,gets involved in a domestic,which then the police then arrest them,they are then not looked after properly.these people are then charged and sent too normal prisons,how many people know about that.the whole system is wrong, and in my case,my parents pleaded with the police,that i had a brake down and was suisidle,they promised that i would not be long in ther.well 12 hours and released on my own at 12 o clock at night not far from motorway.the greed of our mps and goverment has killed off compassion in our nhs and police force.its all about the money.we are going to have more mental problems on the streets,because there cutting the already a shambles system even more.dont worry they will send your daughter,your son,your husband,your wife too prison,or the other opsion ,well we now what that is.how many more.
the way mental health nhs is run in brighton is a complete shambles,i ve experiencesed alot of negliagence,and so have alot of people,and all they can say is sorry every time,but never change there ways of dealing with things.how many more deaths,before the system changes.there way of dealing with people is by drugging people up too the eyes with strong drugs,not even properly doseing or monitoring,and even explaining the terrible side effects,that make you more suicidle. the person then gets aggressive which another side effect,gets involved in a domestic,which then the police then arrest them,they are then not looked after properly.these people are then charged and sent too normal prisons,how many people know about that.the whole system is wrong, and in my case,my parents pleaded with the police,that i had a brake down and was suisidle,they promised that i would not be long in ther.well 12 hours and released on my own at 12 o clock at night not far from motorway.the greed of our mps and goverment has killed off compassion in our nhs and police force.its all about the money.we are going to have more mental problems on the streets,because there cutting the already a shambles system even more.dont worry they will send your daughter,your son,your husband,your wife too prison,or the other opsion ,well we now what that is.how many more. causton

11:39am Wed 13 Feb 13

whereisthe...? says...

Anger at the NHS is understandable, and deserved in this case from what the article says.


Now lets ask ourselves a question. Do we think the solution is to keep cutting the NHS budget, as the Coalition is doing? Standards have fallen since they began doing so...



Would the NHS be better if we hand it over to big business to make profits from patients? Trusting businesses morally doesn't seem to have worked out well historically, or even recently (Horsemeat scandal, etc)



If you're not sure, and have even a single doubt, you'd better do something. Because this is what the Coalition is doing right now. People are dying in unprecedented numbers as a result, and the vast majority of un-biased, non-political (and political) experts ALL agree that people will die as a direct result of the Coalitions recklessness.



Wake up, people are dying, and the Tory party are selling off your lives, and care, to their business buddies.


What price a profit?
Anger at the NHS is understandable, and deserved in this case from what the article says. Now lets ask ourselves a question. Do we think the solution is to keep cutting the NHS budget, as the Coalition is doing? Standards have fallen since they began doing so... Would the NHS be better if we hand it over to big business to make profits from patients? Trusting businesses morally doesn't seem to have worked out well historically, or even recently (Horsemeat scandal, etc) If you're not sure, and have even a single doubt, you'd better do something. Because this is what the Coalition is doing right now. People are dying in unprecedented numbers as a result, and the vast majority of un-biased, non-political (and political) experts ALL agree that people will die as a direct result of the Coalitions recklessness. Wake up, people are dying, and the Tory party are selling off your lives, and care, to their business buddies. What price a profit? whereisthe...?

7:23pm Tue 12 Mar 13

Pikey-Biker says...

causton wrote:
the way mental health nhs is run in brighton is a complete shambles,i ve experiencesed alot of negliagence,and so have alot of people,and all they can say is sorry every time,but never change there ways of dealing with things.how many more deaths,before the system changes.there way of dealing with people is by drugging people up too the eyes with strong drugs,not even properly doseing or monitoring,and even explaining the terrible side effects,that make you more suicidle. the person then gets aggressive which another side effect,gets involved in a domestic,which then the police then arrest them,they are then not looked after properly.these people are then charged and sent too normal prisons,how many people know about that.the whole system is wrong, and in my case,my parents pleaded with the police,that i had a brake down and was suisidle,they promised that i would not be long in ther.well 12 hours and released on my own at 12 o clock at night not far from motorway.the greed of our mps and goverment has killed off compassion in our nhs and police force.its all about the money.we are going to have more mental problems on the streets,because there cutting the already a shambles system even more.dont worry they will send your daughter,your son,your husband,your wife too prison,or the other opsion ,well we now what that is.how many more.
a bit of a rambling statement there
[quote][p][bold]causton[/bold] wrote: the way mental health nhs is run in brighton is a complete shambles,i ve experiencesed alot of negliagence,and so have alot of people,and all they can say is sorry every time,but never change there ways of dealing with things.how many more deaths,before the system changes.there way of dealing with people is by drugging people up too the eyes with strong drugs,not even properly doseing or monitoring,and even explaining the terrible side effects,that make you more suicidle. the person then gets aggressive which another side effect,gets involved in a domestic,which then the police then arrest them,they are then not looked after properly.these people are then charged and sent too normal prisons,how many people know about that.the whole system is wrong, and in my case,my parents pleaded with the police,that i had a brake down and was suisidle,they promised that i would not be long in ther.well 12 hours and released on my own at 12 o clock at night not far from motorway.the greed of our mps and goverment has killed off compassion in our nhs and police force.its all about the money.we are going to have more mental problems on the streets,because there cutting the already a shambles system even more.dont worry they will send your daughter,your son,your husband,your wife too prison,or the other opsion ,well we now what that is.how many more.[/p][/quote]a bit of a rambling statement there Pikey-Biker

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