Man who fell to his death from Chesterfield car park was mental health patient

Chesterfield coroners' court.
Chesterfield coroners' court.

A man who fell to his death from Vicar Lane car park was a patient under the Mental Health Act at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, it has emerged.

James Ormiston, 39, of Longcroft Avenue, Dronfield, fell from the multi-storey facility in Chesterfield last Wednesday morning.

Mr Ormiston, who was single and unemployed, was taken to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield where he later died.

His inquest was opened at Chesterfield coroners’ court on Monday afternoon.

Coroner James Newman said: “Mr Omiston was a patient under the Mental Health Act at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.”

Mr Newman said his office was still awaiting post-mortem results to ascertain the cause of Mr Ormiston’s death, a police file to help establish the circumstances surrounding his death and hospital files.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said: “We would like to offer our deepest condolences.

“Unfortunately we are unable to comment on individual patient care as we must maintain patient confidentiality. It would also be inappropriate to comment while the inquest is ongoing.”

Mr Newman adjourned the inquest to a date to be fixed.

Police were alerted to the incident by the ambulance service at 8am.

Officers cordoned off the car park opposite Chesterfield police station.

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