Probe after death of Ipswich Hospital patient following attempt to take his life.
- Credit: IAN BURT
An inquiry is under way at Ipswich Hospital after a man died following what appeared to be an attempt to take his life in one of the patient bathrooms.
The man, who is in his mid 60s, had been admitted to hospital before the incident.
It has not been revealed what ward the patient was on at the time.
Although it is understood attempts were made to resuscitate the man he is said to have died eight days later.
In addition to the hospital’s own investigation the man’s death will also be the subject of an inquest at a later date.
He was found in one of the bathrooms on March 10.
Following efforts to resuscitate him he was taken into intensive care.
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He died on March 18 but it is believed he had been moved from the intensive care unit by this time and was being cared for elsewhere.
A hospital spokesman confirmed the circumstances surrounding what happened are being looked into.
He said: “There was an incident on one of our wards and it is being fully investigated, but because of patient confidentiality and to respect the family, we cannot say any more at this stage.”
Suffolk Constabulary said it had also been made aware of the incident.
Anne-Marie Breach, a spokeswoman for the force, said: “Police were initially alerted to an incident on March 10 at Ipswich Hospital.
“The man involved sadly died on March 18.
“An inquest will be held in due course.”