Coroner adjourns inquest into man who died at Portsmouth hospital

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The inquest into the death of a 28-year-old man with mental health problems, who hanged himself in hospital grounds, has been adjourned.

As reported, Stephen Hipkins, who had expressed suicidal thoughts, was an in-patient on the Hawthorns Ward of The Orchards mental health unit, in St James’ Hospital, Locksway Road, Milton.

He was found dead in the site on January 27 last year.

The facility is run by Solent NHS Trust, which had conducted its own internal investigation in June.

The inquest, which opened in Portsmouth Guildhall by coroner David Horsley, was adjourned after he only received the findings of the serious incident requiring investigation (Siri) this morning.

He said: ‘This is the first time I have seen this report, and it’s a significant document.

‘I think it should be read properly and therefore need to adjourn today.’