Woman died in river days after hospital release — (Hull Daily Mail)

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Hull Daily Mail

Posted: August 21, 2013

By James Campbell

AN INVESTIGATION has been carried out by a health trust after a woman died within days of being released from hospital following an overdose.

An inquest into the death of Pamela Honeysett, 57, was adjourned when coroner Professor Paul Marks was told about the serious untoward incident investigation by the Humber NHS Foundation Trust.

The inquest heard how family members of Mrs Honeysett were not happy with the treatment she received for her bipolar disorder and depression.

Mrs Honeysett is believed to have drowned after entering the water at Beverley Beck on April 2.

Her body was found later that day in the River Hull, near Sutton Bridge.

The inquest heard how she had a history of mental health problems since her dad died when she was in her early 20s.

Her son Malcolm Pyle questioned the care she had received since moving to Beverley seven years before her death.

In a statement, he said: “Her care in Beverley has been poor and inconsistent.”

Towards the end of last year, her mental health deteriorated and she stopped taking her medication after concerns were raised over the effect it was having on her heart condition.

She overdosed towards the end of March, just days before she died.

Mr Pyle said: “She took an overdose, which was a cry for help. She wanted to be sectioned but that never happened.

“If she had been, I believe she would be alive today.”

Her daughter Aimee Honeysett also felt her mum had been let down by the trust.

She said: “Normally, when Mum overdoses, it is a cry for help, but this time was different. She told me she was still feeling suicidal and I told the crisis team she shouldn’t be released.

“She was never well and stable in Beverley and she never got the right help. Her medication was always being changed.”

The family also revealed they had a meeting with the team at Manor Road in Beverley and were told an internal investigation revealed there had been nothing wrong with Mrs Honeysett’s care.

Miss Honeysett said: “My mum contacted the crisis team the day before she died and said she was having suicidal thoughts. You’d think this would set alarm bells ringing.

“We feel the failings by the mental health team were massive and led to my mum’s death.”

Prof Marks felt some of the witnesses, whose statements were due to be read out, needed to give oral evidence.

He also said he would need to read the trust’s serious untoward incident report before resuming the inquest.