Coroner to write to NHS

A coroner will write to an NHS Trust asking them to learn lessons in the treatment of depressed patients after a father-of-one committed suicide.

Bernard Boland, from Welford, hanged himself on December 23 last year at Berrywood Hospital in Northampton, after suffering bi-polar disorder and severe depression for 30 years.

At an inquest held last week senior coroner Anne Pember heard Mr Boland’s depression was successfully controlled by receiving regular electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) – where electric shocks are transmitted to the brain that are known to improve mood. However he tried to commit suicide and he was then treated with drugs rather than ECT.

She recorded a narrative verdict and will write to Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust asking lessons be learned following Mr Boland’s death.