THE death of a patient at a mental health hospital has been ruled as suicide, a coroner in Portsmouth ruled today.
Coroner David Horsley found that 59-year-old John Hunt took his own life while suffering from a long-term mental health illness.
Mr Hunt hanged himself in his room at Uplands Independent Hospital, in Park Lane, Fareham, on July 7.
His body was discovered by nurses when they checked his room just after 6am and his death was recorded by police at 7.22am.
The inquest heard that Mr Hunt, previously of Southsea, had been living at Uplands for two months before his death.
Mr Hunt had a mixed personality disorder with psychosis and episodes of paranoia.
He also suffered from epilepsy and had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, although he had been clean for three months at the time of his death.
Uplands Independent Hospital is a 30-bed hospital for people with a mental health diagnosis, some of whom are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, run by care provider CareTech.