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Inquest opens into death of Ruth Lewis, 34, at York Hospital
9:28am Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
AN INQUEST into the sudden death of a woman at York Hospital has been opened.
Hospital managers are cooperating with North Yorkshire Police in an investigation into the death of 34-year-old Ruth Laura Jessie Lewis at the hospital earlier this month.
The inquest was opened and adjourned at Sentinel House on Monday, heard Miss Lewis, 34, of Feversham Crescent, York, was admitted to York Hospital on Thursday, October 17, “with indications she had carried out some self-harming activity”.
York coroner Donald Coverdale said Miss Lewis had undergone treatment at the hospital, and had been kept in overnight.
He said: “On the morning of October 18, she had been outside the entrance of York Hospital in a wheelchair enjoying a cigarette, and returned to her room, which was a single room with an adjoining toilet, at 6.50am.”
Mr Coverdale said staff at the hospital found Miss Lewis hanged in the bathroom of her room at just after 8am, and were unable to resuscitate her.
A spokeswoman for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “The death is not being treated as suspicious, and no one else is being sought in connection with this incident. Staff are doing all they can to help the police with their investigation, and we cannot provide further comment whilst this is ongoing.”
Mr Coverdale said a full inquest will be carried out at a date to be confirmed.
• Anyone considering self harm can phone York Samaritans on 01904 655888.