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Man charged with murder of mental health nurse


A man has been charged with the murder of a nurse at a private mental hospital in Croydon.

Patrick Clarke, 68, was stabbed while on duty at Southleigh Community Hospital in Brighton Road, South Croydon, on 12 May.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that Jimmy Jedson, 40, of Brighton Road, was charged on Saturday with the murder of Mr Clarke, who was semi-retired.

Mr Jedson, thought to be a patient at the hospital, was due to appear in custody at Bromley Magistrates’ Court today.

At the time of the incident, spokesman for the hospital said: “We are greatly saddened to confirm that a member of staff lost his life yesterday following an incident in the hospital.

“Our deepest sympathies are with his family, friends and colleagues,” he said. “He was a valued and respected member of staff who will be deeply missed.”

He added: “We cannot say more as we are working closely with the police on their ongoing investigation into this incident.”

Mental health

Man charged with murder of mental health nurse

Southleigh Community Hospital

Southleigh is a 25-bed community-based independent hospital that provides assertive rehabilitation for male and female service users with complex mental health needs.

It comprises 19 single ensuite bedrooms and six semi-independent apartments.

The hospital is owned by Inmind Healthcare Group, which provides care for around 200 patients with complex mental health, personality disorder and physical health needs.

It also runs services based in London, Leicester, Leeds, Birmingham and Lincoln.


Readers' comments (7)

  • How sad this is. I am absolutely disappointed with what has happened to this man who certainly had committed himself to serving the needy all his life with compassion, empathy and just to lose it in such a way. As a final year mental health student nurse, I have just submitted my thesis about the safety of psychiatric nurses working with severely mentally ill patients. I tried to discuss various ways which psychiatric nurses can consider in order to prevent these kind of incidents. It is very painful to read this. RIP

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  • Indeed it's very sad to lose a committed member of the team.
    Sounds like a great topic for dissertation and I surely hope you get a fantastic grade and get it published. All the best .

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  • Just too awful for words for the victim, family, friends, colleagues, patients and all associated with him.

    the dissertation submitted by anon above should continually trigger a lot of questions and in its turn will hopefully help to bring some rapid answers and urgent actions to prevent dangers to nurses and all others present in such units or indeed outside where such dangerous individuals go.

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  • It is a much more serious issue then risk assessments, branding, reputation and political correctness will allow. It's not just patients who are getting hurt but also the approach. The last of regard for staff well being demonstrates a cruel in difference by management. Whilst most individuals are not violent the level of it is sky rocket within acute and PICU settings. Whilst management of trusts are celebrating getting awards in the mean time staff are literally getting their heads kicked in and obviously worse. I wonder was there enough staff and staff who cared enough to stop this from happening. Although I have empathy I'm sick of hearing trust so go on about big cases like Bennett when nurses are also getting abused and killed. It's just as serious. Fed up with the idiots up the top ignoring the life of others.

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  • This is one of the big reasons why mental health nurses are leaving due to excessive permitted abuse by patients, lack of care by management and even blame. We all came to help but no good if your getting beaten to death for trying to do good.

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  • Its so sad to lose a member of the caring profession but even worse when it is as the result of violence to someone who is trying to help others.
    I daresay that there will always be an increased risk of staff harm across all nursing specialities when dealing some unstable individuals and one has to wonder that if nursing services across all specialities were not stretched to breaking point and more money was invested in staffing levels could such attacks be prevented?
    RIP Patrick

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  • If only this nurse could have looked into the future and saw this horrible incident, he would not have been semi- retired he would have been retired having a life.
    He cared enough to go on working, giving out so much and getting back so little in return. May his family be comforted in the fact that he was a brave and caring soul.

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