Seventh mental health death at Leicester Partnership NHS Trust

The sign outside the Bradgate Mental Health Unit.
Image caption Seven people with mental health issues have died in a 19 month-period

A woman fell to her death from a Leicester multi-storey car park while in the care of a mental health unit, an inquest has heard.

Dione Brennan, 25, walked out of the Bradgate Unit in May 2012, two weeks after giving birth to her son.

She was one of seven people with mental health issues to die in 19 months while in the care of the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.

The unit said it has made significant changes to its care.

Ms Brennan had a long history of mental health problems, the inquest in Leicester heard.

Rules changed

She fell to her death from the city centre car park just a week after having been talked down from the same location.

Sandra Lloyd, Ms Brennan's mother, asked medical staff at the inquest why her daughter had not been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

However staff from Bradgate, which is on the Glenfield Hospital site, told the inquest they believed she had been offered the correct care.

They said at the time of Ms Brennan's death she was subject to general observations, which meant she was allowed to leave the ward unescorted.

Since her death the rules have been changed and a nurse now carries out an assessment before a patient is allowed to leave.

Recent inquests into the deaths of Sally Ann Vye and Gagandip Singh Sandhu, who also died after absconding from the unit, said there had been failings at Bradgate.

The inquest continues.

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