Junior doctor who spoke of pressures of AE work found dead

first_imgRebecca Ovenden was described as a talented doctorCredit:SWNS Dr Ovenden worked for the air ambulance serviceCredit:SWNS A “talented” junior doctor who had spoken about the pressures of working in an A&E department has been found dead at her home.Rebecca Ovenden, 32, who worked for Devon Air Ambulance and Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, was found by her husband Paul after concern was raised for her welfare. Police are not treating her death as suspicious. Dr Ovenden is the third female junior doctor to have gone missing or been found dead in Devon in little over a year. Coroner Ian Arrow opened Dr Ovenden’s inquest on Monday and said the 32-year-old was found dead in her bedroom at 9.25am on March 28.The inquest also heard Rebecca had “previously made an attempt on her life” and had a “history of mental health issues”.Dr Ovenden was from Grantham, Lincs, but was living with her husband, a marine engineer, in Plymouth, Devon.No cause of death was revealed and the coroner’s court is awaiting a toxicology report. The inquest was adjourned for a fuller hearing at a later date. Last year Rose Polge, 25, took her own life after leaving a note that referenced the health secretary at the time, Jeremy Hunt. And Dr Lauren Phillips, 26, has been missing for five weeks since she reportedly became “depressed” at the state of the NHS.In a post that was shared 38,000 times on Facebook in November 2015, Dr Ovenden had shared details about the pressure of working in A&E. She wrote of hearing a patient’s relative complaining about having to wait for four hours. Rebecca Ovenden Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Be thankful of the service you get at the moment, no matter how crappy you might think it is. You never know when you or a loved one might need it.”It may not be around in its current form for much longer. Then what would you say?”  Rebecca Ovenden “On arrival a 32-year-old woman was located deceased at the address.”The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.” “Please don’t complain in earshot of your health care professional about waiting four hours to be seen in the middle of the night, free of charge by a doctor, with a smile on their face who has not been rude to you, who has reassured you, when the reason it took four hours to see you was because they were trying to save the life of an elderly man who had not wanted to make a fuss about a cold when he was dying of a raging chest infection,” she wrote. She was a talented doctor and much respected member of our team and will be missed by us allNigel Hare, Devon Air Ambulance Anne Hicks, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Derriford, said: “Becky worked in the Emergency Department for 18 months and was a much-loved member of our team. She will be very sadly missed. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones.” Helena Holt, chief executive of Devon Air Ambulance, said: “On behalf of everyone at Devon Air Ambulance we send our thoughts and condolences to Becky’s family, friends and work colleagues at this difficult time.”Nigel Hare, operations director of Devon Air Ambulance, added: “We were very sad to hear of Becky’s passing. She was a talented doctor and much respected member of our team and will be missed by us all.” Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police and ambulance were called following concern for the welfare of a woman within a property at Brecon Close, Hartley, Plymouth. Rose Polge is another doctor who died in DevonCredit: Devon and Cornwall Police/PA Rose Polgelast_img