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11:25, 9 Oct 2015
By Beth Abbit
Suzanne Greenwood had ‘a complex psychiatric history’ and had spent time at The Priory, an inquest heard
Missed: Suzanne Greenwood would spend a lot of time in the attic of her Smithills home, the inquest heard
A teacher who struggled with insomnia and depression was found hanged in a park, an inquest heard.
Suzanne Greenwood, 43, became addicted to a sleeping drug and had ‘a complex psychiatric history’, the court was told.
She was found hanged at Haslam Park, in Bolton, two days before Christmas 2014, reports Manchester Evening News.
Bolton Coroners’ Court heard how the ‘bright and intelligent’ teacher had spent time at The Priory, in Altrincham, to treat her problem with the medication.
Insomnia: Mrs Greenwood had become addicted to a sleeping drug
Though this was initially successful, the court heard Mrs Greenwood continued to struggle with mental health problems and insomnia.
Husband David Greenwood told the inquest his wife was sometimes ‘reclusive’ and would spend a lot of time in the attic of their Smithills home.
He said: “Though she was reclusive she just withdrew and if I didn’t see her for a couple of days I didn’t see her – that was our normality.”
Tragedy: Mrs Greenwood’s body was found at Haslam park on December 23, 2014
The inquest heard Mrs Greenwood was devastated and confined to bed around May 2013, when her former boyfriend Christopher Evans had been found hanged at Haslam Park.
Mr Greenwood told the inquest she was ‘worse than normal’ on December 10, 2014 but ‘came back up’, and was offered a new teaching job.
However, the pair had argued the day before her death and Mrs Greenwood had not returned home.
Her body was found at Haslam Park on December 23, 2014, close to where Mr Evans’ body had been discovered more than a year earlier.
Toxicologist June Evans said alcohol, anti-depressants and a ‘toxic’ level of a sleeping drug were found in the teacher’s body, but suggested she may have built up a tolerance.
Teacher: Coroner Alan Walsh said Mrs Greenwood had problems in her life
The court heard Mrs Greenwood was treated with anti-depressants by a doctor from The Priory Hospital, in Altrincham, after spending 28 days there in October 2012.
However she was never formally discharged and this was not communicated to her GP, the court was told.
In November 2014, a nurse practitioner advised Mrs Greenwood how to reduce her medication at her request – these changes were not discussed with her psychiatrist from The Priory, the court heard.
Recording an open verdict, Coroner Alan Walsh raised concerns about the availability of illicit drugs and medications online.
He said would write to The Priory under Regulation 28 of the Coroners Regulations to request a review of ‘protocols and procedures’ in relation to patient discharge procedures there.
Questions: Mrs Greenwood had been treated with anti-depressants, the inquest was told
He added: “Mrs Greenwood was 43 years of age, a hugely bright intelligent person who was in good physical health.
“But I’m aware she had problems in her life. The problems arose largely from an addiction to medication but there were other complications in her life.”
Maria Repanos, Partner and Medical Law expert at Express Solicitors representing Suzanne’s husband said: “Suzanne’s husband and family were understandably concerned about the treatment she received in the months leading up to her death.
“An open verdict was given by the Coroner, and we are grateful to him for investigating the cause of Suzanne’s death.
“Whilst Suzanne’s family feel that they have received many answers today, there remain important questions regarding the standard of care she received from those involved in her care.”