Media Media releases Laura Davis: Inquest to open into death of young woman at Warrington mental health hospital 26 January 2023 Before HM Senior Coroner Jacqueline DevonishCheshire Coroner’s Court, Town Hall, Sankey Street, Warrington WA1 1 UHOpens 30 January 2023Conclusion expected 17 February 2023 Laura Davis died aged 22 while detained under the Mental Health Act as a patient at Arbury Court Hospital in Warrington, run by Elysium Healthcare Ltd. Now an inquest will open to establish the full circumstances of her death. Laura was from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire. Her family describe her as caring and intuitive, and someone who always put others before herself. She was a hard-working and high achieving student who had ambitions to become an RAF officer. Laura had a diagnosis of emotionally unstable personality disorder, was a victim of sexual assault and had a history of serious self-harm. She was admitted to Abbey Ward at Wotton Lawn Hospital in Gloucestershire on 24 June 2016 after which she was detained under the Mental Health Act. On 10 November 2016 Laura was transferred to a psychiatric intensive care unit at Arbury Court Hospital in Warrington, over 120 miles away from her family. This was originally intended as a short-term placement, but Laura remained at Arbury Court for over three months due to delays in finding a suitable placement for her. Laura was discovered unresponsive on her bed on 20 February 2017 and was pronounced dead shortly after. She died just days before she was due to be transferred to a new placement to receive specialist treatment. The inquest will now explore the following issues: Laura’s care and treatment on Abbey Ward Laura’s transfer from Abbey Ward to Arbury Court miles away from home Laura’s treatment and care at Arbury Court The events of 20th February 2017 and emergency response when Laura was found unresponsive. ENDS NOTES TO EDITORSFor further information please contact Lucy McKay on [email protected] and Leila Hagmann on [email protected]. Laura’s family are represented by INQUEST Lawyers Group members Joseph Morgan of Bindmans LLP and Christian Weaver from Garden Court North. They are supported by INQUEST senior caseworker Selen Cavcav. Other Interested persons represented include the Elysium Healthcare, Gloucestershire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the Care Quality Commission. Journalists should refer to the Samaritans Media Guidelines for reporting suicide and self-harm and guidance for reporting on inquests.