health unit in Cornwall investigates deaths of three patients over
mental health unit in Cornwall is investigating the deaths of three
patients over a four-month period.
investigations are into three separate deaths at Longreach House
at Camborne Redruth Community Hospital between March and June this
Partnership Trust, which runs the 67-bed unit, has confirmed to
reporters that none of the deaths were being treated as suicide.
trust's chairman Dr Terry McClatchey told bbc.co.uk that they did
not know how the patients died, which gave them "cause for
House opened in August 2003 at a cost of £6.5m. It was designed
to replace three other mental health units in the county.
March, a 44-year-old female patient died whilst taking a shower.
Henry Gibb, 22, was found dead in his bed by staff in June.
day after Mr Gibb was found dead, a 65-year-old woman collapsed
and died in one of the communal areas.
Cornwall Partnership Trust said that none of the deaths were being
treated as suicide and all were being investigated.
Terry McClatchey said: "We
don't have a formal cause of death for each of these three cases,
and that is a cause of concern."
into all the three deaths are likely to be held together, but are
not expected to take place until next year.
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