Review launched after Portsmouth man dies in railway tragedy

A man died at Emsworth railway station
A man died at Emsworth railway station
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A REVIEW is being carried out by a health trust after a patient died in a suspected suicide.

Sean Green was hit by a train on March 24 near Emsworth railway station and was killed instantly.

The 43-year-old’s devastated family have questioned the care he received from Solent NHS Trust, which runs St James’ Hospital in Portsmouth, where Mr Green had been receiving treatment.

Mr Green lived alone at Barkis House in Brownlow Close, Buckland, and relatives said they asked the authorities to section him after he tried to take his own life in February.

Mr Green’s family, who live in Kent, sent a statement to The News.

It read: ‘Sean was 43 years old and although born in Scotland, he spent most of his life in Kent, and for the past six years he chose to live in Portsmouth. He was a private person and would often offer a helping hand.

‘Sean was under the local health authorities for the past few years and was on various medications.

‘However help from the authorities just didn’t work.

‘The family believe it was a suicide. There has been an inquest opened. He leaves behind a loving sister.’

Sean’s sister’s partner Matt Eaton added: ‘Sean’s sister asked mental health to section him but this was not offered as he was not a seen to be a threat to the public.’

Matthew Hall, operations director for adult mental health at Solent NHS Trust, said: ‘Whenever there is a serious incident or death involving somebody using our mental health services, we always undertake a full review of their care.

‘This process has commenced and will conclude later in the month.

‘We offer families the opportunity to be involved in the review and would particularly want to make sure that we answer their questions as fully as we are able.

‘We are very sorry that Mr Green’s family is having to go through this horrible experience.’

Tributes were paid by neighbours at Barkis House.

Ricky Whittingham, 73, a retired taxi driver, said: ‘It’s no way to die. He was a friendly person. It’s a tragedy.

‘He kept to himself. He was a good-looking chap, but never had a girlfriend. I saw him a couple of days before and he seemed to be okay.

‘He came in from outside and said “hello”. He said he was watching Gogglebox and went in the lift and that was the last time I saw him.’

MENTAL health services have faced criticism from families recently.

Although in entirely different circumstances, Solent NHS Trust was criticised following the death of 28-year-old Stephen Hipkins, who was found hanged inside the grounds of St James’ Hospital on January 27 last year.

An investigation was carried out and improvements implemented by August last year.

Neighbouring Southern Health NHS Trust was also criticised following the suicides of 33-year-old Craig Greer, from Havant, and 28-year-old Mark O’Shaughnessy, from Gosport.

Relatives said the tragedies highlighted shortcomings in the way depressed people are dealt with by the NHS. Southern since has made improvements including enhanced risk assessment training for mental health workers.