• Police probe after patient choked on bread at mental health unit in Derby

    A police investigation has been launched into an incident in which a patient choked on bread while in a Derby mental health unit.

    The incident occurred at Cubley Court, based at Kingsway Hospital in Derby.

    Few details of the choking incident are available, with health officials remaining tight-lipped.

    However, a short summary of the case was published in papers for a meeting of the governing bodies for the four Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Groups.

    Cubley Court is run by Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

    The papers says: “A service user had choked on bread whilst in the care of staff at Cubley Court.

    “A police investigation has begun and the statutory adult safeguarding criteria has been applied and met.”

    It continues: “Police have taken some care records and will be looking to interview staff.

    “The family have been spoken to by the police and there is an agreement that all communication will go through officers at this sensitive time.”

    It is not clear whether the patient died as a result of the incident or not.

    The report says that the representatives from the Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group and the trust visited both Cubley Court and the Radbourne Unit (also a mental health unit) on January 25 for “further assurance”.

    It says that there was a “delay meeting serious incident criteria”.

    Cubley Court

    Cubley Court

    It is believed that the incident took place in January, due to the timing of the “assurance” visit by trust and CCG staff.

    A “strategy meeting” has been arranged between the authorities to discuss the issue.

    The trust, CCG, police and coroners office were all contacted for comment.

    The trust delegated its comment to the CCGs, which said: “The update to our governing bodies in common is to provide assurance to members that the CCGs’ monitoring process has been actioned and is robust.”

    Both Derbyshire police and the coroner’s office were unable to provide further details.

    Source: DerbyshireLive