Sheffield hospital bosses investigating three deaths – including alleged murder by outpatient

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Hospital bosses in Sheffield have opened internal investigations into three separate deaths – including an alleged murder and child’s unexpected death.

Three ‘serious incident’ investigations have been launched.

The murder is alleged to have been carried out by an outpatient under the care of Sheffield Health & Social Care Foundation Trust.

The outpatient, not named by the trust, is alleged to have stabbed a family member in a location outside of Sheffield.

Kevan Taylor, chief executive of Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, said, “We are fully co-operating with the police to assist them with their enquiries and we will carry out our own internal investigation once we receive the go-ahead to do so from the police. We can make no further comment at this stage.”


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The trust is also investigating a suicide by another outpatient, while Sheffield Children’s Hospital is looking into the unexpected death of one of its patients.

The Children’s Hospital has refused to give details of the age or gender of the child. An inquest is due to take place in June.

Details were revealed in a report to Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body.

It said four serious incident investigations had been opened in November, with the fourth related to a pressure ulcer being developed by a patient at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

The outpatient suicide related to a former user of services from Sheffield Health & Social Care Foundation Trust, who had been discharged from specialist psychotherapy treatment 10 months before their death in November.

Mr Taylor said: “In November 2014 the coroner informed us that a former service user had been found dead at home after ingesting various tablets and poisonous yew tree seeds.

“The service user had been discharged from our specialist psychotherapy service 10 months previously as they did not wish to engage.

“The incident has been de-logged from the Strategic Executive Information System by NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group at our request as the criteria for StEIS reporting is that the individual has been under treatment within the last six months.”

He added: “We are currently awaiting the coroner’s inquest and can make no further comment at this stage.”