BRIAN REGIS, whose brother Simon died in custody, said he was “shocked” he was not notified that his brother had attended hospital or been arrested, an inquest heard yesterday.
Simon Regis, 44, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, died at HMP Thameside on August 26 2016 shortly after two hospital visits complaining of an abscess on his groin.
Southwark coroners’ court heard he attended the Royal London Hospital on both August 16 and 18 2016, before he was arrested for breaching his licence conditions on August 19.
His older brother Brian Regis — who had been his appropriate adult since Simon was a teenager — told the court that Simon had been complaining of a “pain in his groin” from about a month prior to his death.
He told jurors that the first time he was contacted was “on the 26th, when the prison phoned me to literally tell me to get down there quick because basically Simon’s not going to make it.”
Dr Adam Woodgate, a consultant at the Royal London, told the inquest that on both August 16 and 18 Mr Regis was removed from the hospital’s electronic records system when staff were unable to locate him after an initial consultation.
He said that the hospital’s “usual procedure” with “patients who have absconded would be that we should make efforts to contact that patient,” but that no further action was taken after he left on either day.
The inquest, which is due to conclude next Friday, continues.
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