Police probe man’s hospital death
Thursday 10th October 2013, 12:12PM BST.
Detectives are investigating the care a man received in hospital after he died shortly after an emergency.
Norfolk Police said the man, in his late 40s, was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on October 1 after a medical emergency at the city’s Hellesdon Hospital. He died three days later.
The death is being treated as unexplained and an investigation, led by the joint Norfolk and Suffolk major investigation team, has been launched.
Detective Chief Inspector Tracey Little said: “We are investigating an allegation around the care the patient received prior to and during the medical emergency.
“A Home Office post-mortem examination has been carried out but proved inconclusive and further tests will now be carried out.”
It is understood the investigation is focused solely on Hellesdon Hospital and will also examine care had previously received as a mental health patient.
Next of kin have been informed and are being supported by police.
The force has ruled out links to any other investigations, after a member of staff at the county’s James Paget University Hospital was arrested at the weekend following the death of James May, 76, from Great Yarmouth.
Roz Brooks, director of nursing, quality and patient safety at the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Hellesdon Hospital, said the trust was conducting its own investigation and four workers had been suspended.
She said: “As well as conducting our internal investigation, we are assisting Norfolk police with their inquiries following a serious incident at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich on October 1.
“Patient safety and protecting the vulnerable is the trust’s main priority and, as such, we contacted police as soon as concerns were identified.
“We are in contact with the family and have expressed our sincere condolences.”