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Mum Tragically Dies Due to Mental Health Care Failings

By Associate, Medical Negligence

I am currently instructed by the family of a young mother who suffered a tragic and untimely death despite her efforts to seek the care and medical support that she needed.

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Rachel Morgan had encountered no issues following the birth of her first child, but following suspected postpartum psychosis, she sought the help of her family GP. She was prescribed medication for depression, but her symptoms worsened and Rachel suffered increased paranoia, anxiety and experienced disturbing visions.

Rachel and her mother sought help at Royal Bolton Hospital where she could not be seen because she had been previously discharged. Following several suicide attempts, her condition became worse when she was sectioned and admitted to the Medlock Ward at Trafford General. Doctors had promised Rachel that her medication would be reviewed but a review did not take place. She was found hanged and unresponsive in her hospital room three days later.

The inquest into Rachel’s case highlighted several failings and missed opportunities to help a devoted young mum who only wanted to be well and able to look after her children.

The main issue in this case is that the mental health nurses should have prescribed closer observation of Rachel following an incident when Rachel had expressed intent to take her own life. She was being observed on an hourly basis, but the jury concluded that they should have been with her at all times.

The inquest into Rachel’s case highlighted several failings and missed opportunities to help a devoted young mum who only wanted to be well and able to look after her children.

Mental health is a matter of wellbeing that should be considered as imperative as physical health concerns. For a healthcare professional to overlook such a cry for help is unacceptable.

For those like Rachel who are battling mental illness, it shouldn’t also be a fight to get access to the services they so desperately need.

 

Zak Golombeck is an associate, specialising in medical negligence claims at Slater and Gordon in Manchester.

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