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999 call for hospital mortuary body

An ambulance was called to a hospital mortuary because of staff concerns that a body showed possible signs of life.

A man who fell from Kessock Bridge in Inverness was declared dead by paramedics on Friday and taken to the mortuary at the city's Raigmore Hospital by an undertaker.

A 999 call was later made and an ambulance crew and a cardiac arrest team from the hospital attempted to resuscitate the man, who was then confirmed dead.

The incident is being investigated by NHS Highland, and the Scottish Ambulance Service said it was also reviewing the case.

An ambulance spokesman said: "Following retrieval, having been in the water for some time, the ambulance crew made every effort to resuscitate the patient.

"However, despite active resuscitation being carried out by the crew with no response, a clinical assessment was undertaken, including ongoing cardiac monitoring, and confirmed that the patient had died. Subsequently, following a 999 call to the mortuary at Raigmore Hospital, an ambulance responded, along with a cardiac arrest team from the hospital. The patient was subsequently confirmed life-extinct."

An NHS Highland spokeswoman said: "Upon arrival (at the mortuary), in the course of routine checks on the deceased, hospital staff were concerned that there were potential signs of life.

"The Scottish Ambulance Service and an internal cardiac arrest team attended and resuscitation was immediately commenced. However, despite this, evidence of ongoing signs of life could not be confirmed.

"The death is subject to an investigation by the procurator fiscal, as is standard practice in a sudden death. We are also holding our own internal significant event review, as is normal practice in these circumstances."

Last month a hospital worker was suspended after a body was discovered in an NHS mortuary van when it was taken to a garage for repairs. A porter took the vehicle to get a back light repaired but was unaware that a body was still inside. NHS Grampian apologised to the family of the dead person and the garage.

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