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Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust set to investigate how patient managed to climb onto roof of its Woodlands Unit at Ipswich Hospital




A mental health trust is set to launch an investigation in to how a patient at one of its units attached to a major hospital in Suffolk managed to climb onto the roof.

Emergency services were called to the Woodlands Unit, which is on the same campus as Ipswich Hospital, at about 11.35am today after a 25-year-old patient scaled the building.

After almost two hours, the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust who operate the unit said, the man climbed down from the roof. Suffolk Fire and Rescue, who were at the scene alongside officers from Suffolk Police, called a stop to the incident at 1.22pm.

A mental health trust is set to launch an investigation in to how a patient at one of its units attached to a major hospital in Suffolk managed to climb onto its roof.
A mental health trust is set to launch an investigation in to how a patient at one of its units attached to a major hospital in Suffolk managed to climb onto its roof.

Now the trust has said that it is set to investigate how the man managed to climb on to the roof, and has said 'patient safety remains at the heart of its service delivery'.

Nicky Shaw, east Suffolk's lead nurse for the trust, said: "This morning a patient climbed onto a roof at the Woodlands Unit in Ipswich for a short period of time before climbing back without injury. We were supported promptly by our colleagues in the fire and police service."

The lead nurse added: "Patient safety remains at the heart of our service delivery and all appropriate investigations will now take place."

The mental health unit, in Heath Road, is on the same site as the Ipswich's hospital but run by a different trust.

Earlier this year the Care Quality Commission inspected the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust's acute wards, which provide psychiatric intensive care, and its mental health crisis service.

These services are provided from several of the trust’s locations including Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich, Northgate Hospital in Great Yarmouth and the Woodlands Unit at Ipswich Hospital.

The latest inspections found that the trust had made significant improvements in several areas, but further work was still needed to improve patient safety in these services.

Following the inspections, both services were rated Requires Improvement. They were also rated 'requires improvement' after CQC’s previous inspection.

The inspections were not wide-ranging enough to update the trust’s overall rating. It remains 'requires improvement' overall.

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