Investigation after junior doctor dies at hospital in Taunton | UK news

A junior doctor has died at the hospital where he worked.

The medic, who has not been named, was found dead on Monday night at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.

Avon and Somerset police launched an investigation into the death of the man, who was in his 30s, but have now referred the incident to the coroner.

Dr Sam Barrell, chief executive of the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are terribly upset by the death of our colleague and we are doing everything we can to support his family and close friends at this time. They have our heartfelt sympathies.

“We were aware that our colleague needed some support, and we were providing him with this.

“Obviously, we are asking ourselves if this support was all that we could possibly have given. We are taking a very close look at this.

“In the meantime, we are doing everything we are able to support our colleagues who worked with him.”

An Avon and Somerset police spokeswoman said: “We were called to reports of the body of a man in his thirties being found at about 11pm on 31 July at Musgrove Park Hospital.

“The death has been referred to the coroner as a sudden death.”

In the UK and Republic of Ireland, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14.

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