Bosses at Chesterfield Royal Hospital insist they have taken action after a patient’s suicide note went missing.
An inquest held at Chesterfield coroners’ court heard John Roome, 81, killed himself because he felt life was not worth living.
The court heard paramedics found a suicide note addressed to one of Mr Roome’s sons which said: “I’m sorry, I hope you can forgive me. For the past two years I’ve been in a living death.”
He was taken to the Royal and paramedics handed over the emotional message to hospital staff.
However, the note went missing and has never been found.
Mark Hill, head of nursing at the hospital, said bosses had since reviewed the storage of notes to ensure they are filed as quickly and as safely as possible.
Addressing Mr Roome’s children at last Wednesday’s inquest, he added: “I’d like to apologise for the anxiety and distress this has caused.”
John Roome, who suffered from chronic lung disease and was feeling lonely, died in the hospital on September 30 last year.
Paramedics attended to the widower, who lived in sheltered housing in Newbold, at about 1pm the previous day.
He had overdosed on 100 tablets.
One of Mr Roome’s sons, Colin, added: “He said he’d had enough. He said he’d get up in the morning, have a shower, have a cup of tea and not have enough energy to do anything else. He had lost his wife and was down about that.”
Recording a conclusion of suicide, coroner Paul McCandless said: “Sadly, chronic lung disease was hindering Mr Roome’s existence. Mr Roome – who had a very loving family – felt life was not worth living.”