Charlottetown police determine no foul play in Hillsborough Hospital sudden death

Ryan Ross
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Charlottetown police say there was no foul play involved in a sudden death at the Hillsborough Hospital last week.

Deputy Chief Richard Collins said paramedics and hospital staff were attending to the 47-year-old woman when the police arrived in the early evening of Dec. 1.

“The individual was pronounced dead at the scene,” he said.

The 75-bed psychiatric hospital in Charlottetown provides medical services for people with mental illnesses.

Collins said the woman was in her room at the time and through their investigation the police determined no foul play was involved.

But while the police were called to the hospital, that didn’t mean there were signs of foul play and Collins said it was standard protocol.

“Standard procedure for the police to be called,” he said.

In a statement from Margaret Kennedy, Health P.E.I.’s director of mental health and addictions, she said the department couldn’t provide any information about the woman because of patient confidentiality.

Kennedy did confirm no other patients, staff or visitors were involved and the hospital remains a safe and secure place for patient care.

“Our staff and patients are saddened by the incident and our focus remains on providing them with the appropriate support necessary to work through the loss of our patient. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the patient's family during this difficult time.”

An internal review is underway and Kennedy said that’s not uncommon when such an incident happens.

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Organizations: Hillsborough Hospital

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Steve
    January 14, 2014 - 18:11

    Emotional abuse at Hillsborough is common. The staff bullied this woman to death and should do time in prison.

  • Marie
    December 11, 2013 - 07:33

    Hmmm....a public review would be better considering a human died IN a hospital!!!