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Inquest will ask if there were ‘missed opportunities’ in care of teen who died in mental health unit



An inquest into the death of a teenager in a mental health unit will examine if there were any ‘missed opportunities’ in her care and treatment. Grace Victoria Heald, 19, of Blackley, died in the Rivington Unit at at Royal Bolton Hospital on August 22 last year.

A police investigation found there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.

On Tuesday a pre-inquest review at Bolton coroners court heard that Grace was an aspiring artist who had a part-time job in Next in the Trafford Centre and was doing an apprenticeship in digital marketing.

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She was diagnosed with autism and ADHD in 2017, the hearing was told.

Outlining the ‘scope’ of the inquest, Timothy Brennand, senior coroner for Manchester West, said it would consider three main areas: the care and treatment Grace received from Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust from January 2020 to her to death; the care and treatment she received while a patient at the Rivington Unit and the impact her autism and ADHD had on the treatment and risk assessments she received.

Mr Brennand said: “The central issue here is was the treatment and care pathway commensurate and appropriate and were there any missed opportunities in relation to that care and treatment.”

The coroner said a jury inquest scheduled for three to five days would be held at Bolton coroners court on January 16, 2023.





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