Medics ‘knew of Sheffield dad’s ward suicide attempt’

Craig Dore
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A SENIOR nurse told an inquest she was ‘disappointed’ she wasn’t informed that a depressed dad had been allowed to leave her hospital ward just hours before he jumped to his death from a bridge.

Craig Dore, aged 49, plunged 200ft from the M1 viaduct at Tinsley while he was supposed to be on two hours’ leave at his home on Totley Hall Mead, Totley, Sheffield.

The dad-of-three, who worked as a butcher, had been sectioned but was granted home visits by a consultant psychiatrist at Nether Edge Hospital.

Mr Dore was first allowed out only three days after trying to hang himself in his garage.

In a statement read to Sheffield Coroner’s Court, mental health nurse Moira Fenwick said she was in charge of the Burbage ward at Nether Edge on December 29, 2010.

She said she saw Mr Dore smoking a cigarette outside in the morning while he waited for his medication, and that a colleague then told her he had been attempting to hang himself in his room.

“She had been told that the housekeeper had seen a collapsed shower curtain rail and a falling ceiling tile in Mr Dore’s room,” Ms Fenwick said.

The nurse said she believed her colleague passed on the information to other staff, and that she wanted Craig to stay on the ward so he could attend a meeting with medics.

She also said Dr Abhijeeth Shetty - the consultant who granted the home visits - was told Mr Dore shouldn’t leave without being assessed.

Ms Fenwick said she realised Mr Dore was absent at around 10.45am, adding: “As nurse in charge I felt somewhat disappointed that no-one had told me Mr Dore was leaving.”

But the nurse also said she ‘fully expected’ him to return to the ward, and that the large number of visitors he received in hospital made assessing him ‘difficult’.

The inquest was adjourned until later this month when a verdict will be recorded.