A patient fell to his death onto a hospital roof where his body lay undiscovered for days, it has emerged.
The man, in his 20s, was reported missing from the hospital ward three days before his body was found by staff at St George’s Hospital in Tooting.
Evening Standard reports that He was only discovered at least 72 hours after he went missing, when a member of staff went onto the roof and raised the alarm. It is not yet clear how the patient had access to the roof.
The hospital, which is where popular Channel 4 documentary 24 Hours in A&E is filmed, has launched an investigation into the death and informed police immediately.
A post-mortem revealed that the man died of injuries “consistent with a fall”. Police are not treating the death as suspicious.
When the body was discovered, just before 7.45am on Tuesday, August 1, police were called to the scene and the man’s next of kin were informed.
A Met Police spokesman told the Standard: “Police were called at to St George’s Hospital grounds in Tooting following reports of a man, aged in his 20s, found deceased.
“A post mortem has been carried out and gave cause of death as multiple injuries consistent with a fall.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious. Next of kin have been informed and a report will be compiled for the coroner.”
And a spokesman for the hospital added: “We can confirm that police were called to St George’s Hospital (Tooting) on Tuesday, 1 August after a man was found deceased on hospital grounds.
“We are carrying out an investigation, so are unable to comment further at this stage.”
The trust – which is also home to St George’s University – was rated inadequate following a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection in 2016 and ordered to improve in certain areas, including issues concerning patient safety and “unsafe and unfit premises”.
In May 2017, the trust was subject to another inspection and was found to have made “significant improvements”, but the CQC noted that further work was still required.
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