A coroner has ruled that a senior nurse was struggling with work pressures when he took his own life.
Stuart Beddows, lead nurse in the endoscopy unit at Walsall Manor Hospital, told a neighbour about worries days before he was found hanged.
He said he was concerned about a new computer system introduced at the hospital which had led to a backlog of patients, reported the Express & Star newspaper.
The 43-year-old was discovered at his home in Lime Street, Walsall, on 17 September. He was found after friends and family could not get in touch with him.
Neighbour Maureen Hammond told an inquest at Smethwick Council House that he had “voiced concerns” about the pressures he was under two weeks before his death.
She said he was struggling to cope, having worked long hours for many days in a row. Staff shortages also meant he had few chances to rest.
Kathryn Halford, director of nursing at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said that colleagues “were aware” Mr Beddows was suffering from stress and tried to offer him support.
She said problems with the new computer system added to his pressures, and that his colleagues were concerned about the hours he was working and the fact he was not taking any breaks. He was also worried about the work needed for an upcoming hospital assessment.
But she said the most important concern appeared to be the death of a young woman, who died on readmission to hospital three days after he had performed and endoscopic procedure on her.
“Her death was nothing to do with the endoscopy, it was entirely different, and staff spent a lot of time talking to him about it,” said Ms Halford.
The inquest heard that Mr Beddows had talked to his GP on 14 July about the pressures of work – but declined a sick note.
Coroner Zafar Siddique concluded that Mr Beddows intended to take his own life.
After the inquest, hospital managers said that they were saddened to learn of his death and said Mr Beddows was a “well-liked and valued member of the team”.