Health

Ellie Long inquest: Norfolk trust must take action after death

Ellie Long
Image caption Ellie Long was a “beautiful, intelligent and wonderful young lady”, her mother said

A mental health trust has been called on to take urgent action following the death of a 15-year-old girl who suffered from anorexia.

Ellie Long, of Wymondham, Norfolk, was found hanged in her room in 2017.

Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake has issued a “prevention of future death” report calling for action from Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust.

It requires the trust to improve its record-keeping and communication. The trust has yet to respond.

Ellie’s family told an inquest in January the teenager had been “failed by everyone”.

Her mother, Nicki Long, told Norfolk Coroner’s Court that after losing weight, her daughter began to suffer from sleeping problems, which progressed to self-harming and suicidal thoughts.

Image caption Ellie’s mother Nicki, pictured with her partner, told the inquest her family had been “failed”

The inquest was told the trust had not been aware of Ellie’s historical suicide risk, a care plan had never been completed and there was no crisis plan.

The coroner concluded Ellie may not have intended to take her own life.

Mrs Lake said there were two key areas where the trust needed to improve and she had not been satisfied with its response so far.

She said she was concerned about record-keeping and communication with external agencies such as schools and doctors.

“Record-keeping must be second nature to all staff. It is a vital component to the management of risk,” she said.

“The trust accepts sharing of information is necessary and the trust has said it will remind staff of the importance of sharing information.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-47614727

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