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Mental health: Preventing tragic outcomes

There needs to be a more collaborative approach between medical units to protect patients with both physical and mental health issues, says Hannah Travis

24 May 2017

In 2012, a month after the birth of her child, Alice Gibson-Watt, 34, was restrained by emergency services in response to an episode of severe postpartum psychosis at her London home.

Alice was later transferred to the Lakeside Mental Health Unit in West Middlesex Hospital, where she suffered a cardiac arrest. An inquest recently concluded that Alice died from a brain injury caused by cardiac arrest. The use of restraint was found not to have contributed. There had, however, been gross failures surrounding her resuscitation, which led to her brain injury.

The inquest concluded that Alice would have survived if CPR was given promptly and effectively. Alice’s inquest has raised concerns about treatment of physical conditions in a mental health setting.

Alice’s case will strike a chord with many. She was a new mother, with no p...

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