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Care at Goodmayes Hospital ‘not appropriate’ for man later found dead

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:37 25 November 2016

Goodmayes Hospital, where Nelft are based.

Goodmayes Hospital, where Nelft are based.

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Care provided to a father of three found dead soon after being hospitalised following a suicide attempt was “not appropriate”, an inquest has heard.

The body of Peter Daniel Usher was found at Bower Park Academy on January 21, two weeks after his family reported him missing.

The inquest into Mr Usher’s death continued on Tuesday at Walthamstow Coroner’s Court where his family heard more about the care provided by staff at the North East London NHS Foundation Trust (Nelft).

Mr Usher, 39, of North Street, Romford, was detained under the Mental Health Act on December 28 after a suicide attempt at the school.

He was taken to Goodmayes Hospital, Barley Lane, Goodmayes.

During the inquest, mental health nurse Mr Olufemi Adenini, who took over Mr Usher’s care from emergency services, said he was “polite but expressed frustration at his social circumstances on arrival”.

Coroner Nadia Persaud heard hospital staff did not ask police or the London Ambulance Service for his family’s contact details, and when Mr Usher said he did not want to speak to them, no effort was made to get in touch.

Independent expert Dr Peter Jeffries said: “Those assessing him must have known, even without contacting his family, that he was in a bit of a mess.”

After receiving Mr Usher’s medical reports at 4.47am from when he previously visited a Southend hospital, Mr Adenini, psychiatrist Dr Federico Campos and senior mental health practitioner Veeshal Chumroo discussed discharging him.

Despite being admitted due to concerns of mental health and the report including details of “alarming” messages being sent to his wife, it was put down to drug use and Mr Usher was discharged from Goodmayes at 5am.

Mr Adenini said: “I did not observe any significant changes in his mental state during that period.”

However Dr Jeffries said: “If the mindset of the doctor is that because drugs and alcohol were involved then they are not at risk, I think he is not humane and it is not an appropriate attitude to have.”

Ms Persaud will give her conclusion next week.

The Samaritans charity is available 24 hours a day to provide confidential support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.

Call 116 123.


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