A mental health patient died in a hospital corridor after he was left slumped drunk on the floor for 10 hours, an inquest heard.
Jobless dad Peter Thompson, 41, was found lifeless by night managers at Edale House mental health unit in the early hours of the morning.
Two members of staff then carried his body a few yards across the corridor and waited for paramedics to arrive, a coroner was told.
Mr Thompson, a voluntary in-patient with alcohol and drug problems, had been stopped from entering his ward the previous night after he refused to surrender a bottle of vodka.
He was ‘heavily intoxicated’ and had also been drinking red wine earlier that day, the inquest was told.
After a nurse refused to let him in, Mr Thompson sat on the floor next to the ward entrance and fell asleep at around 8.10pm, on April 3 last year.
Staff did not move him or try to wake him up, but checked on him several times throughout the night, the Manchester hearing heard.
Coroner Nigel Meadows told the jury: "It seems staff decided it was appropriate for the deceased to remain outside sleeping on the floor."
When a night manager went to see him at around 6.15am, he was ‘cold and unresponsive.’
Paramedics and police were called, and Mr Thompson was declared dead at around 6.40am.
A pathologist report concluded he died from fatal levels of alcohol and anti-psychotic drugs he was taking.
Mr Thompson, who previously lived on Monica Grove, Levenshulme, had a history of drug and drink problems.
The day before his death, he arrived back at his ward at around 3pm having drunk two-thirds of a bottle of red wine.
He left later that afternoon, but returned before 8pm with a bottle of vodka and was heavily intoxicated, the coroner heard.
Staff policy at Edale House states that patients must surrender any alcohol before entering their ward.
Mr Thompson was asked to hand over the vodka, but refused, the hearing was told.
Manchester Evening News - 1st June 2011
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