Inquiry into patient drug deaths in St Helens

Peasley Cross unit
Image caption The NHS trust has expressed its condolences to the men's families

Two patients have died from suspected drug overdoses at a psychiatric unit on Merseyside.

Paramedics were called to Taylor ward at the Peasley Cross unit, in St Helens, at 0500 BST on Friday.

The men, aged 25 and 36, were pronounced dead. A third man, 30, is being examined as a precaution.

Merseyside Police and the Five Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are investigating. Neither would comment on the nature of the drugs.

'Routine observations'

Nick Rowe, a director at the trust, said the patients were found in their rooms by members of staff carrying out routine observations.

Staff tried to resuscitate the men and called paramedics but they were pronounced dead, he said.

Mr Rowe added: "Police have been informed and we are working with them to assist them with their investigations.

"We have also initiated an internal investigation within the trust.

"We would like to express our condolences to the families of the two men who have been offered our support during this distressing time."

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