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Pensioner strangled in hospital

AN elderly woman has died after being strangled by a television flex in a large psychiatric hospital.

The woman, believed to be in her 70s, died in hospital yesterday.

She was a patient at St Stephen's Hospital, Sarsfield's Court, in Glanmire, Co Cork.

She was found by staff at the psychiatric hospital last Sunday afternoon and was taken to Cork University Hospital where she died on Monday.

Garda Supt Pat Sheahan said they were awaiting the full results of a post-mortem. A Garda press office spokesman told the Herald that the results of the post-mortem were expected later today.

The Health Service Executive it is also investigating the patient's death.

A HSE spokeswoman said that a patient at the hospital had died "after what appears to have been a tragic accident".


Hospital staff had "acted quickly" to provide medical attention when they discovered the situation and the woman had been brought by ambulance to CUH.

"Sadly, the patient died," the spokeswoman added.

HSE (South) had contacted the patient's family, the gardai and the Mental Health Commission and "will co-operate with any investigations that are deemed necessary".

The name of the dead woman has not been released by the gardai or the HSE but she is said to be from the north Cork area.

An HSE statement said: "The HSE extends its deepest sympathy to the patient's family and will continue to offer support to all those affected by the incident."

The hospital where the incident happened is one of the largest psychiatric units in the south of the country.

Most of the 120 patients come from the north Cork area.