NHS Foundation Trust fined over patient death

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been fined for health and safety failings after a patient fell to his death.

The patient had been detained as an in-patient at Epsom Hospital when the incident occurred in May 2014.

Patient was in the courtyard with his mother while being observed by a nurse from inside the ward when he started to climb up onto the conservatory roof.

The nurse immediately ran into the courtyard but was unable to prevent him climbing over the roof. He then climbed up a 130-foot industrial chimney and after attempts to talk him down failed, he fell and sustained fatal injuries.
Fined £300,000 and costs of £16,769.00.

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