Community health services could have done more to help tragic Flur - inquest told

Community health services could have done more to help tragic Flur - inquest told

by Tom Martin (November 2021)

AN inquest held into the death of a young Southport woman who took her own life two years ago found that community mental health services missed opportunities to help her.

Flur McDonald, 24, who was described by her family as ‘beautiful and amazingly clever’, died at a railway level crossing in Birkdale on January 29 2019.

A coroner’s inquest was held on Wednesday, November 10 at Bootle Town Hall when more information was revealed about the events that led to her death.

Flur (pictured above) who was a pharmacology student, had suffered from a range of “serious, complex and longstanding” mental health conditions, including “depression, anxiety and anorexia nervosa.”

The death of both her parents in a short space of time was also said to have deeply affected her.

Passing a verdict of suicide, Coroner Julie Goulding also said that community health services could have done more.

Flur was receiving support from multiple community teams including North Sefton Community Mental Health Team and Liverpool and Sefton Eating Disorder Service.

Coroner Goulding said: “Some opportunities to undertake an in-depth risk assessment and update care plans were missed.”

She added that it “is not possible to say if these missed opportunities contributed to the death.”

Flur’s brother, Ryan Mcdonald, responded to the inquest findings by saying: “We had the inquest into what went wrong and as we already knew, Flur was let down by various organisations due to various issues, like being over-worked and not enough funding.

“But that being said, chances were most certainly missed and whether Flur would still have been here today, we will never know.

“But what did happen and what was put into place almost immediately after Flur’s death means that hopefully what happened to her should not happen to anyone else.

“Flur you are gone but never ever forgotten.”

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