Inquest into death of a woman in Bournemouth was discontinued

Elizabeth Bridges

A woman who passed away while being held at a mental hospital 250 miles (400 km) from her home had her inquest shut down.

In February 2022, Priory Hospital Cheadle Royal in Stockport, Greater Manchester, experienced the death of Lauren Bridges, a 20-year-old from Bournemouth.

The jury at the South Manchester Coroners' Court inquest was dismissed on Wednesday after legal discussions.

Later this year, it will reopen after two days of testimony.

Ms. Bridges passed away at Wythenshawe Hospital two days after being discovered unconscious in a bathroom at Priory Hospital on February 24, 2022.

Despite having mental health issues since she was 15, Lauren was a "straight-A student," according to testimony given at the inquest.

Her mother claimed that she struggled to leave the house because of her panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

According to Lindsey Bridges, who testified at the hearing, Lauren was first admitted to a mental health facility when she was 17 years old. She was then moved to a number of hospitals that were quite far from her home.

The coroner learned that she had an autistic diagnosis at the Priory hospital.

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