A woman has tragically lost her life at Kendray Hospital in Barnsley after choking on food while under close supervision. Kirsty Thain, who had a history of self-harm, including choking, was being closely monitored by hospital staff during mealtimes. The incident is currently being investigated at Sheffield’s Medico-Legal Centre, with the inquest expected to last three days.
Kirsty Thain had voluntarily admitted herself to Fieldhead Hospital early last year before being detained under the Mental Health Act and subsequently transferred to Kendray Hospital in October. Prior to her death, she had made two previous attempts to choke herself on food, both of which were promptly intervened by staff. However, on the day of her passing, she was discovered trying to conceal part of a veggie burger in her clothing. Despite efforts to remove the obstruction and provide CPR, her life could not be saved.
Throughout her time at the hospital, Kirsty Thain had been involved in approximately 50 incidents of self-harm or suicide attempts, with 27 of them occurring at Kendray Hospital. It has also been revealed during the ongoing inquest that she had been mistakenly given a dosage of pregabalin that was five times her prescribed amount on the day of her death. While the drug can have side effects such as suicidal thoughts, a doctor who examined her concluded that the accidental overdose would not have significantly increased her risk.
This tragic incident highlights the significant challenges faced by psychiatric hospitals when it comes to providing appropriate care and support for individuals with high-risk conditions. The ongoing inquest aims to uncover the events leading up to Kirsty Thain’s passing and identify any areas where improvements can be made to prevent similar incidents in the future. As the hearing continues, further details are expected to emerge, shedding more light on the circumstances surrounding this heartbreaking event.