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Statement ahead of Sally Lewis pre-inquest hearing

During this pre-inquest hearing, our thoughts are once again with Sally’s family.

Sally’s death has had a profound effect across our organisation, and particularly on the colleagues who supported her for twenty years and felt her death keenly. As we have done already in private, we would like to take this public opportunity to say sorry to Sally’s family for their loss.

Sally’s death was first written about by our Chief Executive over a year ago. Following our own investigation, we chose to publish the circumstances in detail as part of our own learning process and in order to offer that learning to other organisations, in the hope that it might save lives in future.  We have developed and shared numerous resources around constipation including our “Let’s talk about poo and you” animation which has been widely shared and adopted.

The circumstances surrounding Sally’s death have previously been investigated by various authorities and we have co-operated fully with these. If new information comes to light during this inquest, we will carefully consider any new findings.

Although none of this can bring Sally back, we are deeply committed to raising awareness of the dangers of constipation and improving colleagues’ ability to spot the signs.