Investigation after death at Hellingly mental health unit

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A police investigation has been launched after a woman was found dead at a mental health unit in Hellingly.

The 26-year-old woman was found dead last Thursday (May 28), at the Hellingly Centre.

She had been staying in the Willow Ward - a 15 bed ward for women.

The mental health unit is run by the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, which was given a “requires improvement” rating in a CQC report published last week.

After Thursday’s incident at the Hellingly Centre, a Sussex Police spokesman said, “Police have investigated the death of a 26-year-old woman who was a patient at the Hellingly Centre, near Hailsham.

“She was found dead at the medium secure mental health unit shortly after 3.30pm on Thursday.

“Sussex Police are not treating the death as suspicious and are assisting the coroner with his investigation.

“The Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, which runs the facility, is understood to have launched its own internal investigation.”

A Sussex Partnership NHS Trust spokeswoman said, “We can confirm there was a death of a female patient at the Hellingly Centre, our medium secure service, on Thursday.

“Our condolences go to the family of the person concerned. We cannot comment further as the police are investigating.

“We have also launched our own internal investigation.”

The Hellingly Centre is a medium secure unit for adults with mental health problems and who have become involved with the criminal justice system.

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