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Police investigation into death of elderly patient at Northern Ireland hospital

The Trust said it had immediately notified the relevant authorities following an incident involving a male patient.
The Trust said it had immediately notified the relevant authorities following an incident involving a male patient.

The death of an elderly patient following "an incident at Antrim Area Hospital" is being investigated by police.

The highest level of health service probe has also been ordered, according to the Irish News.

The paper reports the patient, who was in his 80s, left a medical ward and got into difficulty in another part of the hospital on Saturday morning.

It is believed he may have suffered burn injuries.

The patient was transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast where he died.

A spokesperson for the PSNI said they're iaising with the Health and Safety Executive and the Northern Trust, which is responsible for the hospital, to "determine the circumstances surrounding the incident".

"A post mortem examination will take place in due course to determine the cause of death."

The Trust said it had immediately notified the relevant authorities following an incident involving a male patient.

It  confirmed that a "level 3" health service investigation has been ordered.

"We offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased and can confirm that the incident has been notified to the Health and Safety Executive and the PSNI. As a result, an investigation is now underway and we are also in the process of instigating a Level 3 Serious Adverse Incident investigation, which will be independently led.

"We are not in a position to make any further comment at this stage."

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