Residents’ concern over woman’s death in Sheffield

29 Thornsett Road, Sheffield
29 Thornsett Road, Sheffield
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A woman has died at a mental health crisis centre in a quiet Sheffield street just 10 weeks after it opened.

Residents on the road in Nether Edge say they are growing increasingly concerned over charity Rethink’s decision to house patients in a semi-detached property on Thornsett Road.

They have logged at least 12 incidents involving emergency services since the converted house began admitting adults at the end of April.

In some instances, people have been brought to the centre from hospital in the early hours of the morning.

The latest episode of concern came this week, when neighbours reported hearing a thud and then seeing medics attempting to resuscitate a woman lying on the ground beneath a window.

South Yorkshire Police confirmed it attended reports of a woman having fallen from a third storey window at around 9.55pm on Tuesday.

Paramedics also attended the scene, but the woman was pronounced dead.

A spokeswoman said: “Initial reports suggest there are no suspicious circumstances.”

The incident has sparked concerns from a number of residents - who objected to plans for the centre before they were approved by Sheffield Council.

Health bosses say the crisis house is designed to offer people an alternative to hospital admission in a less institutional setting.

Phil Potter, a Thornsett Road resident, said: “First of all our condolences go out to the family of the woman.

“To us, this shows this is an inappropriate place for a facility of this kind, as we said throughout the planning process. The charity was told this was the wrong property and yet they pursued it.

“My son texted me and said he heard this thud and the next thing there were people shouting and ambulances. A man who lives next door was at home with his children when it happened, and one of them asked what the noise was.”

In a joint statement, Rethink Mental Illness and Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are sad to confirm one of the people staying at our Sheffield crisis house has died.

“Rethink and the Trust will now carry on a joint investigation into the circumstances.

“Understandably the family, the other people staying at the house and our staff are extremely saddened by this loss.”