Investigation launched after patient tries to hang himself in Royal Bolton Hospital

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AN investigation has been launched after a Royal Bolton Hospital patient tried to hang himself.

Patients looked on in horror as the man was rescued by hospital staff in the clinical decision unit (CDU) on New Year’s Day.

Bosses at the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, admitted “an incident” took place but say the findings of the investigation will not be made public due to patient confidentiality.

It is believed the man was saved by a member of staff but escaped without serious harm. A spokesman for Bolton NHS Foundation Trust said: “We can confirm that an incident took place at the hospital on New Year’s Day.

Staff dealt with it and the patient did not come to any serious harm. An internal investigation is taking place.”

The investigation will be carried out by senior clinical and managerial staff “to see if any lessons can be learned”.

A spokesman for the NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The foundation trust notified NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group that an incident had occurred and assured us that a full investigation was underway.

“The findings of this investigation will be shared with the CCG on completion.


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“We work with all our providers to ensure transparency with regard to any incidents and seek to develop a learning culture throughout the health economy.”

Andy Morgan, who sits on the health scrutiny, said: “It sounds like the incident was a one-off.

“If that person was intent on doing something like that then is not much staff could have done.

“It seems like the right action was taken at the time.”

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10:37am Tue 4 Feb 14

Comment777 says...

I think if I had the misfortune to be a patient at Royal Bolton Hospital I would attempt to hang myself, awful standard of care, managers out number medical staff and massive losses leading to cuts in amounts spent on patient care...
I think if I had the misfortune to be a patient at Royal Bolton Hospital I would attempt to hang myself, awful standard of care, managers out number medical staff and massive losses leading to cuts in amounts spent on patient care... Comment777

11:53am Tue 4 Feb 14

Sexybum123 says...

This is a hospital not a prison if this person chose to try this there's not a lot the hospital could have done apart from what they have done.In prison when they do this they put them on watch but if they are determined to do this they will it is very sad that someone gets to this point in their live but you can't try to put any blame on the hospital for this
This is a hospital not a prison if this person chose to try this there's not a lot the hospital could have done apart from what they have done.In prison when they do this they put them on watch but if they are determined to do this they will it is very sad that someone gets to this point in their live but you can't try to put any blame on the hospital for this Sexybum123

12:29pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Hough64 says...

Comment777 wrote:
I think if I had the misfortune to be a patient at Royal Bolton Hospital I would attempt to hang myself, awful standard of care, managers out number medical staff and massive losses leading to cuts in amounts spent on patient care...
So if you ever need a hospital you would rather die than get treatment? I bet your family would be happy to know that??
[quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: I think if I had the misfortune to be a patient at Royal Bolton Hospital I would attempt to hang myself, awful standard of care, managers out number medical staff and massive losses leading to cuts in amounts spent on patient care...[/p][/quote]So if you ever need a hospital you would rather die than get treatment? I bet your family would be happy to know that?? Hough64

1:16pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Bolton Lad 85 says...

Another pay day for the lawyers. When someone tries to kill themself in a hotel there is no enquiry. If someone is disturbed enough to want to kill themselves not much anyone can do. Spend money on patients not pay day for the lawyers to then work out if they can sue.
Another pay day for the lawyers. When someone tries to kill themself in a hotel there is no enquiry. If someone is disturbed enough to want to kill themselves not much anyone can do. Spend money on patients not pay day for the lawyers to then work out if they can sue. Bolton Lad 85

2:08pm Tue 4 Feb 14

getajob123 says...

and in other news today............... bolton hospital is one of the best in the country

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and in other news today............... bolton hospital is one of the best in the country hahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahaha you couldnt make this up................ getajob123

3:34pm Tue 4 Feb 14

MarkP27 says...

Bolton Lad 85 wrote:
Another pay day for the lawyers. When someone tries to kill themself in a hotel there is no enquiry. If someone is disturbed enough to want to kill themselves not much anyone can do. Spend money on patients not pay day for the lawyers to then work out if they can sue.
Perhaps it is because in a hospital, there is something called the 'Duty of Care' to a patient, whereas as a hotel guest your safety is protected under Occupier's Liability - which does not extend to such personal acts.
Before you comment, yes I am a clinical negligence lawyer - not a personal injury lawyer and yes I have had excellent treatment at the RBH.
Happy to be called an 'ambulance chaser' if it helps provide for those affected by negligent care.
Comments by the Health Scrutiny Councillor are simply wrong - professionally and legally!!
[quote][p][bold]Bolton Lad 85[/bold] wrote: Another pay day for the lawyers. When someone tries to kill themself in a hotel there is no enquiry. If someone is disturbed enough to want to kill themselves not much anyone can do. Spend money on patients not pay day for the lawyers to then work out if they can sue.[/p][/quote]Perhaps it is because in a hospital, there is something called the 'Duty of Care' to a patient, whereas as a hotel guest your safety is protected under Occupier's Liability - which does not extend to such personal acts. Before you comment, yes I am a clinical negligence lawyer - not a personal injury lawyer and yes I have had excellent treatment at the RBH. Happy to be called an 'ambulance chaser' if it helps provide for those affected by negligent care. Comments by the Health Scrutiny Councillor are simply wrong - professionally and legally!! MarkP27

7:31pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Preach says...

Few things I'd wish to say:
First off, Well done to the staff that saved this man, seeing as not one of you, the journalist, managers at the hospital or the general population who have read and commented on this article have not even thought twice about them. So a pat on the pack to the saviours of this patient! And I hope the patient received the appropriate mental health help they obviously needed.

2) How has this incident even been leaked to the news? Lack of confidentiality much? I'm sure all involved, including the patient would not want this event splashed all over the local news, let alone have the incident scrutinised by people who have absolutely no idea about the ins and outs of this case.

3) to the above member of the public who would never go to the RBH for treatment. Good. More space for people who actually appreciate the care they are given and are grateful for the hard work that all the staff put into their work, to get the patients back in to the comforts of their home and life. Hope you clearly identify on your person, your preference of not being taken to the RBH should you ever have the misfortune of becoming ill or Requiring emergency treatment.
Few things I'd wish to say: First off, Well done to the staff that saved this man, seeing as not one of you, the journalist, managers at the hospital or the general population who have read and commented on this article have not even thought twice about them. So a pat on the pack to the saviours of this patient! And I hope the patient received the appropriate mental health help they obviously needed. 2) How has this incident even been leaked to the news? Lack of confidentiality much? I'm sure all involved, including the patient would not want this event splashed all over the local news, let alone have the incident scrutinised by people who have absolutely no idea about the ins and outs of this case. 3) to the above member of the public who would never go to the RBH for treatment. Good. More space for people who actually appreciate the care they are given and are grateful for the hard work that all the staff put into their work, to get the patients back in to the comforts of their home and life. Hope you clearly identify on your person, your preference of not being taken to the RBH should you ever have the misfortune of becoming ill or Requiring emergency treatment. Preach

8:10pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Comment777 says...

Hough64 wrote:
Comment777 wrote:
I think if I had the misfortune to be a patient at Royal Bolton Hospital I would attempt to hang myself, awful standard of care, managers out number medical staff and massive losses leading to cuts in amounts spent on patient care...
So if you ever need a hospital you would rather die than get treatment? I bet your family would be happy to know that??
I would rather make a choice on what I already know. The standard of care is poor from the lowest level to the highest. This is why I decided to leave Bolton and in fact the UK to find something better for my family. Now just because you are unwilling or unable to do so please do not criticise me for doing so...
[quote][p][bold]Hough64[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: I think if I had the misfortune to be a patient at Royal Bolton Hospital I would attempt to hang myself, awful standard of care, managers out number medical staff and massive losses leading to cuts in amounts spent on patient care...[/p][/quote]So if you ever need a hospital you would rather die than get treatment? I bet your family would be happy to know that??[/p][/quote]I would rather make a choice on what I already know. The standard of care is poor from the lowest level to the highest. This is why I decided to leave Bolton and in fact the UK to find something better for my family. Now just because you are unwilling or unable to do so please do not criticise me for doing so... Comment777

8:11pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Comment777 says...

Preach wrote:
Few things I'd wish to say:
First off, Well done to the staff that saved this man, seeing as not one of you, the journalist, managers at the hospital or the general population who have read and commented on this article have not even thought twice about them. So a pat on the pack to the saviours of this patient! And I hope the patient received the appropriate mental health help they obviously needed.

2) How has this incident even been leaked to the news? Lack of confidentiality much? I'm sure all involved, including the patient would not want this event splashed all over the local news, let alone have the incident scrutinised by people who have absolutely no idea about the ins and outs of this case.

3) to the above member of the public who would never go to the RBH for treatment. Good. More space for people who actually appreciate the care they are given and are grateful for the hard work that all the staff put into their work, to get the patients back in to the comforts of their home and life. Hope you clearly identify on your person, your preference of not being taken to the RBH should you ever have the misfortune of becoming ill or Requiring emergency treatment.
On your 3rd point you are completely naive or stupid, look at the closures that are planned for intermediate care....
[quote][p][bold]Preach[/bold] wrote: Few things I'd wish to say: First off, Well done to the staff that saved this man, seeing as not one of you, the journalist, managers at the hospital or the general population who have read and commented on this article have not even thought twice about them. So a pat on the pack to the saviours of this patient! And I hope the patient received the appropriate mental health help they obviously needed. 2) How has this incident even been leaked to the news? Lack of confidentiality much? I'm sure all involved, including the patient would not want this event splashed all over the local news, let alone have the incident scrutinised by people who have absolutely no idea about the ins and outs of this case. 3) to the above member of the public who would never go to the RBH for treatment. Good. More space for people who actually appreciate the care they are given and are grateful for the hard work that all the staff put into their work, to get the patients back in to the comforts of their home and life. Hope you clearly identify on your person, your preference of not being taken to the RBH should you ever have the misfortune of becoming ill or Requiring emergency treatment.[/p][/quote]On your 3rd point you are completely naive or stupid, look at the closures that are planned for intermediate care.... Comment777

9:22pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Preach says...

Comment777 wrote:
Preach wrote:
Few things I'd wish to say:
First off, Well done to the staff that saved this man, seeing as not one of you, the journalist, managers at the hospital or the general population who have read and commented on this article have not even thought twice about them. So a pat on the pack to the saviours of this patient! And I hope the patient received the appropriate mental health help they obviously needed.

2) How has this incident even been leaked to the news? Lack of confidentiality much? I'm sure all involved, including the patient would not want this event splashed all over the local news, let alone have the incident scrutinised by people who have absolutely no idea about the ins and outs of this case.

3) to the above member of the public who would never go to the RBH for treatment. Good. More space for people who actually appreciate the care they are given and are grateful for the hard work that all the staff put into their work, to get the patients back in to the comforts of their home and life. Hope you clearly identify on your person, your preference of not being taken to the RBH should you ever have the misfortune of becoming ill or Requiring emergency treatment.
On your 3rd point you are completely naive or stupid, look at the closures that are planned for intermediate care....
Again..please don't waste your precious time by going to the RBH.
[quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Preach[/bold] wrote: Few things I'd wish to say: First off, Well done to the staff that saved this man, seeing as not one of you, the journalist, managers at the hospital or the general population who have read and commented on this article have not even thought twice about them. So a pat on the pack to the saviours of this patient! And I hope the patient received the appropriate mental health help they obviously needed. 2) How has this incident even been leaked to the news? Lack of confidentiality much? I'm sure all involved, including the patient would not want this event splashed all over the local news, let alone have the incident scrutinised by people who have absolutely no idea about the ins and outs of this case. 3) to the above member of the public who would never go to the RBH for treatment. Good. More space for people who actually appreciate the care they are given and are grateful for the hard work that all the staff put into their work, to get the patients back in to the comforts of their home and life. Hope you clearly identify on your person, your preference of not being taken to the RBH should you ever have the misfortune of becoming ill or Requiring emergency treatment.[/p][/quote]On your 3rd point you are completely naive or stupid, look at the closures that are planned for intermediate care....[/p][/quote]Again..please don't waste your precious time by going to the RBH. Preach

7:49am Wed 5 Feb 14

Smile everyday88 says...

I personally think people enjoy scrutinising the hospital over everything why? Because they don't understand the pressures that go with working within the nhs full stop! If someone takes 5 mins to try to hang themselves could a nurse not be in the toilet with a patient, assisting to feed one, doing meds.....the list goes on...the unit the article speaks of is not a secure unit for mental health therefore patients aren't watched every second of the day. Im just glad the patient is ok. I am not naive I understand fully the trusts issues but most staff are still trying their best to accommodate the trust....by doing 40 odd hours a week when only should be doing 37.5. There are also lots of positives about the hospital
I personally think people enjoy scrutinising the hospital over everything why? Because they don't understand the pressures that go with working within the nhs full stop! If someone takes 5 mins to try to hang themselves could a nurse not be in the toilet with a patient, assisting to feed one, doing meds.....the list goes on...the unit the article speaks of is not a secure unit for mental health therefore patients aren't watched every second of the day. Im just glad the patient is ok. I am not naive I understand fully the trusts issues but most staff are still trying their best to accommodate the trust....by doing 40 odd hours a week when only should be doing 37.5. There are also lots of positives about the hospital Smile everyday88

7:14pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Comment777 says...

Smile everyday88 wrote:
I personally think people enjoy scrutinising the hospital over everything why? Because they don't understand the pressures that go with working within the nhs full stop! If someone takes 5 mins to try to hang themselves could a nurse not be in the toilet with a patient, assisting to feed one, doing meds.....the list goes on...the unit the article speaks of is not a secure unit for mental health therefore patients aren't watched every second of the day. Im just glad the patient is ok. I am not naive I understand fully the trusts issues but most staff are still trying their best to accommodate the trust....by doing 40 odd hours a week when only should be doing 37.5. There are also lots of positives about the hospital
As an example the closure of the mental health wards being discussed presently...lots of positives!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Smile everyday88[/bold] wrote: I personally think people enjoy scrutinising the hospital over everything why? Because they don't understand the pressures that go with working within the nhs full stop! If someone takes 5 mins to try to hang themselves could a nurse not be in the toilet with a patient, assisting to feed one, doing meds.....the list goes on...the unit the article speaks of is not a secure unit for mental health therefore patients aren't watched every second of the day. Im just glad the patient is ok. I am not naive I understand fully the trusts issues but most staff are still trying their best to accommodate the trust....by doing 40 odd hours a week when only should be doing 37.5. There are also lots of positives about the hospital[/p][/quote]As an example the closure of the mental health wards being discussed presently...lots of positives!!!! Comment777

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