December 5 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Three people have been interviewed under caution as part of an investigation into the death of a patient at Hellesdon Hospital, police have confirmed.
Norfolk police launched an investigation earlier this month following the death of Michael Campion, 49, who had been receiving treatment at the hospital.
As previously reported, the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust had confirmed that four members of staff had been suspended during the investigation into Mr Campion’s death.
He died on Friday, October 4, three days after a “medical emergency” at the hospital.
And police today confirmed three people had been interviewed, under caution, about Mr Campion’s death.
A spokeswoman said: “A 49-year-old woman, a 23-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man have been interviewed under caution, on a voluntary basis, relating to the police investigation following the death of Michael Campion.
“No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.”
An inquest into the death of Mr Campion was opened at King’s Lynn County Court on Monday, October 14.
Coroner Jacqueline Lake said Mr Campion, from the East Rudham area. had been found unconscious in his room at Hellesdon Hospital at 3.10am on Tuesday, October 1.
Resuscitation was attempted and paramedics attended before he was transferred to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, where he never regained consciousness.
Despite treatment, his condition deteriorated and he died on the Friday. His body was identified by his wife the following Wednesday.
A post mortem examination by Home Office pathologist Dr Nat Carey took place but the cause of death was recorded as unascertained, pending further tests.
Mr Campion’s family have released a statement saying that they are “devastated” by the death.
Senior investigating officer DCI Tracey Little said previously: “We are investigating an allegation around the care the patient received prior to and during the emergency treatment.”
Roz Brooks, director of nursing, quality and patient safety at the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Hellesdon Hospital, said it was conducting its own internal investigation as well as assisting police with their inquiries.
Police have been quick to stress that the case was not linked to the ongoing investigation at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston.
A middle-aged hospital worker there has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a patient died following an alleged drugs overdose.
The inquest will be reviewed on or before January 20 next year.