Three held over patient death at Chichester hospital

Three West Sussex hospital workers have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after an elderly patient died of a suspected overdose.

Joan Dixon, 77, of High Street, Findon, near Worthing, died at St Richard's Hospital, Chichester, on 19 October 2010.

Police said pathologists had confirmed the cause of death as digoxin toxicity.

A 23-year-old woman and a man aged 37, from Chichester, and a man aged 40 from Emsworth, Hampshire have been arrested.

'Heart medication'

The three have been questioned and released on bail until 29 and 30 November.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "It is alleged the victim died as a result of being administered an overdose of the heart medication digoxin by hospital staff.

"Three members of staff have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

"Pathologists have confirmed that the victim died as a result of digoxin toxicity.

"The incident has been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service and St Richard's Hospital is assisting police with the investigation."

Digoxin is used to treat a number of heart conditions.

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