Redbridge hospital ‘contributed by neglect’ to man’s suicide

A psychological hospital “contributed by neglect” to the dying of a much-loved household man, an inquest discovered.

A jury heard that Neil Challinor-Mooney, 51, informed employees at Goodmayes Hospital twice about his plan to commit suicide within the days main up to his dying in November 2018.

Despite this, employees on the Ilford hospital didn’t hold a better eye on him or confiscate the merchandise he had informed them he deliberate to – and ultimately did – use to take his personal life.

Mr Challinor-Mooney’s sister Marie Mooney informed the court docket she felt Neil, who had paranoid schizophrenia, was “let down”, by the North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT), which runs Goodmayes Hospital, and the group care group that supported him earlier than he was admitted.

Neil Challinor-Mooney (supplied by household through Inquest)

Speaking after the jury returned a verdict of “suicide contributed to by neglect”, she stated: “We knew Neil had been grossly let down, however we had been nonetheless shocked at among the proof we heard.

“As a household, we stay deeply involved that employees failed to doc and hand over essential info related to Neil’s threat to himself, and to talk… both with one another or with us.

“The jury’s conclusion of neglect displays what we’ve all the time recognized. Our household will proceed to struggle for coverage modifications to enhance psychological healthcare for susceptible individuals like Neil.”

Speaking at first of the inquest on May 4, Ms Mooney informed the jury she had thought the hospital “was the most effective place” for her brother, including: “I believed they might hold him secure and get him the assistance he so desperately wanted.

“They by no means knowledgeable me he had repeatedly expressed a need to kill himself. If I had been informed, I might have gone straight there and perhaps… we might have carried out one thing.

“Neil had the remainder of his life forward of him, he had a household that liked him vastly, he was a son, a brother and an uncle.”

Neil Challinor-Mooney (provided by family via Inquest)

Neil Challinor-Mooney (supplied by household through Inquest)

Mr Challinor-Mooney was discovered unconscious in his room at Goodmayes Hospital on November 16 2018 and died in Queen’s Hospital of a number of organ failure two days later.

The inquest heard that, on November 13 and 14, he informed employees he was listening to voices telling him to kill himself and indicated what he would use to achieve this.

Witnesses for the belief conceded throughout proceedings that employees ought to have – however didn’t – reply by confiscating the merchandise and conserving a better watch on him from that time.

Ms Mooney stated her brother was “the happiest he had been in years” at first of 2018, however issues “began to go drastically incorrect” after his long-term care co-ordinator left in April.

Mr Challinor-Mooney’s care co-ordinator was a part of a group care group, additionally run by NELFT, which had supported him for a few years however skilled fast employees turnover that 12 months.

The jury heard he had three new care co-ordinators between the top of April and his admission to Goodmayes Hospital in November, with no formal handovers and with out his household’s data.

This instability meant he was not correctly monitored, with one care co-ordinator in late August failing to notify his physician that he not appeared to be taking his remedy.

Read extra: Grieving household ‘let down’ by Redbridge psychological well being unit

Delivering their verdict, the jury spokesperson stated that “insufficient record-keeping” by the group group “contributed to the deterioration” of Mr Challinor-Mooney’s psychological well being.

They added: “Neil was depending on the psychological well being care companies and we’re all in settlement that there have been quite a lot of failures inside the system.”

While the court docket heard proof from NELFT about modifications it has made since Mr Challinor-Mooney’s dying, coroner Nadia Persaud famous she has “not seen any audits” proving these are in impact and nonetheless has “vital issues”.

Ms Persaud indicated she may also refer the senior psychological well being nurse of Mr Challinor-Mooney’s ward at Goodmayes Hospital to the Nursing and Midwifery Council after listening to proof concerning the failures of care.

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