Overdose woman died after ‘A&E was full’

A young woman who died after an overdose of diet pills did not get appropriate care because the A&E department was too overcrowded, an inquest has heard.

Bethany Shipsey, 21, overdosed on the pills, which contained the industrial substance DNP, on 15 February last year.

Dr Alireza Niroumand was an emergency junior medical doctor at Worcestershire A&E department at the time.

He said he could not transfer her to the resuscitation room because the department was full.

The medic told Worcestershire Coroner’s Court that Ms Shipsey, known as Beth, had been “waiting at the end of the corridor because (the department) was full of (patients in) beds waiting to be seen”.

Dr Niroumand said: “It was one of the busiest days I have seen at Worcestershire A&E of the few days that I had been working there.”

The inquest also heard that Ms Shipsey, from Worcester, was “not considered a suicide risk” by mental health doctors, despite 14 previous overdoses.

The animal rescue and welfare advocate had been getting treatment for mental health issues, sparked by her being raped by a previous partner.

Dr Nirvana Chandrappa, a senior consultant psychiatrist from Worcestershire Health and Care, said he had come to the view that Ms Shipsey had an “emotionally unstable personality disorder”.

Dr Chandrappa said that on one occasion, Ms Shipsey had 24 red and yellow diet pills in her jacket.

He said: “I had spoken to her about the dangers of using the diet pills.

“Ms Shipsey had informed us they were pills she bought earlier, had stopped using them and had no intention of using them further.

“In the same week we became aware that she was getting threatening messages.”

On the day she overdosed, Ms Shipsey had messaged a friend with tear emojis, saying: “I have just overdosed on DNP.

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“I’m petrified of telling anyone because it’s like my 15th overdose.”

The inquest continues.