NHS trust admits mistakes over hanging death of patient

Broadoak Unit at Broadgreen Hospital Image copyright Mersey Care NHS Trust
Image caption A ward in the Broadoak Unit was 'chaotic and dysfunctional', the inquest heard

An NHS mental heath trust has admitted it made mistakes in the care of a vulnerable patient who died on a ward.

Laura Mottram, 23, was found in a shower room with a ligature around her neck at the Broadoak Unit in Liverpool last February, an inquest was told.

Mersey Care NHS Trust accepted its Harrington Ward was chaotic and dysfunctional at the time.

Ms Mottram, who had a personality disorder, should have been closely monitored, the jury heard.

Nurse Amy Newsham said on the night she died, a member of staff who had been observing her, had to leave her to deal with another patient who was self-harming.

Coroner Andre Robello told an inquest jury the Mersey Care NHS Trust had also admitted other mistakes in her care including a lack of continuity and not conducting a risk assessment.

He praised the trust for its co-operation but told jurors they may have to consider whether the quality of her care had any bearing on the patient's death.

The inquest continues.

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