Teenager who died at Nottinghamshire mental health hospital 'didn't intend to take her life'

Hopewood Hospital in Foster Drive, Woodthorpe Nottingham
Olivia was admitted as a voluntary patient at Hopewood Hospital on February 5, 2021 -Credit:Nottingham Post

A 16-year-old girl who died while she was an inpatient at a Nottinghamshire mental health hospital did not mean to take her own life, an inquest was told. Olivia Davina Joanne Gray had a lengthy history of self-harm and suicidal behaviour, which started when she was 14.

Olivia was admitted as a voluntary patient in the Phoenix Ward at Hopewood Hospital, which is part of the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, on February 5, 2021. Weeks later, she was sectioned under the Mental Health Act and died on May 11, 2021.

A coronial investigation into Olivia's death was opened on June 14, 2021, and concluded on Tuesday, May 14, 2024. Simon Burge, Assistant Coroner for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, held a seven-day jury inquest, which concluded that Olivia died of ligature strangulation by way of misadventure.

The Record of Inquest states: "Olivia died at the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham at 21:59 on 11th May 2021 as a result of an act of deliberate self-ligation. This incident occurred between 8.12 and 8.22pm in Room 3, Corridor 68 of Phoenix Ward, Hopewood Hospital, where Olivia was detained under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act.

"We find that at the moment of self-ligation, Olivia did not intend to take her own life." Olivia, who was from Corby, Northamptonshire, was suffering from a range of mental and physical conditions which included PTSD, emotional dysregulation, epilepsy, psychosis, and type two diabetes.

Ifti Majid, Chief Executive, Nottinghamshire Healthcare said: "On behalf of the Trust, I once again offer our sincere condolences to Olivia's family and friends for their loss. This was a tragic case and very difficult for everyone involved.

"I echo the Coroner's acknowledgement of the professionalism shown by our staff throughout this inquest and that these colleagues do an incredibly difficult job and at all times are trying their best."