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Northern Ireland hospital told to hand over Anita Rooney fall death report

By Angela Rainey

A Belfast coroner has given a health trust one week to produce a report into the death of a mother-of-three who fell from a fourth floor landing in a hospital.

At Laganside Court, Coroner Joe McCrisken demanded a copy of the Southern Health Trust's Serious Adverse Incident report, written in the wake of the death of Anita Rooney (50) last year.

The document contains an undisclosed "number of recommendations" after the death of Ms Rooney on May 18, 2016, at Craigavon Area Hospital.

A recruitment consultant in Dungannon, Mrs Rooney was survived by her husband Michael and children, Thomas, Natalie and Chloe.

Mr McCrisken said he needed to see the report before determining whether to hold an inquest. The coroner asked the counsel for the trust, Margaret Bryan, if the report could be produced imminently and she assured him it would.

He said: "I am going to need it within seven days as I have to take the decision as to whether there will be an inquest into this lady's death."

He said that although the report "starts off as an internal learning tool", ultimately it provides useful and "good quality" information for an inquest.

A formal inquest date has not yet been set.

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