Hospital consultant took his own life after complaining of stress, inquest hears

TRAGIC: Rob Fuller

TRAGIC: Rob Fuller

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AN award-winning hospital consultant hanged himself after complaining of stress at work, an inquest heard.

Renowned eye surgeon John Fuller, known as Rob, had also become depressed about an ongoing building project at his luxury home in Broadstone, Dorset Coroner Sheriff Payne was told.

The Bournemouth inquest heard Mr Fuller, who was an Opthalmic Consultant Surgeon at the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester, had suffered from depression over several years before he was found hanged in the garage of his property in Lower Blandford Road on October 13 last year.

His partner, Tracy Glen, told the coroner Mr Fuller, 49, also worked in private hospitals including The Harbour Hospital in Poole.

She said Mr Fuller, who owned properties in New Zealand and in Plymouth, refused to take medication for depression because he did not want to adversely affect his career.

Miss Glen added: “He was very popular with the majority of his colleagues, junior doctors and patients. He devoted his life to medicine.”

And she said he had felt under stress when a number of colleagues left the Dorset County Hospital Opthalmology department at the same time.

The coroner was told that shortly before Mr Fuller’s death, concern was expressed for his welfare by the building project manager and a complaint had been made against him at work.

Recording a verdict that Mr Fuller took his own life, Mr Payne said: “He was highly successful in his career. He had brought the Dorset County Hospital up to Clinical Excellence standard but hidden in the background there had been some depression.”

A spokesperson for Dorset County Hospital said: “We have established and proven systems to support staff and help assess solutions to stress in the workplace.

“These have been developed from the Health and Safety Executive management standards on stress. Managers are encouraged to undertake risk assessments with their staff where appropriate.”

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9:43am Fri 31 Jan 14

Vikki27 says...

So very sad. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and cared about him.

If only more people understood what true depression like his feels like, it would be taken far more seriously and men like him could get the help they need.

RIP.
So very sad. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and cared about him. If only more people understood what true depression like his feels like, it would be taken far more seriously and men like him could get the help they need. RIP. Vikki27
  • Score: 46

9:51am Fri 31 Jan 14

danstarr says...

So tragic. It's always so very sad to read of stories like this.. a guy with so much in life and with a dedication to help others ...but the black dog of depression is indiscriminate.

RIP and prayers to your family and friends.
So tragic. It's always so very sad to read of stories like this.. a guy with so much in life and with a dedication to help others ...but the black dog of depression is indiscriminate. RIP and prayers to your family and friends. danstarr
  • Score: 39

12:03pm Fri 31 Jan 14

BarrHumbug says...

Black eyed dog, he called at my door.
Black eyed dog, called for more.
Black eyed dog, he knew my name.
Black eyed dog, he knew my name.

How very sad.
Black eyed dog, he called at my door. Black eyed dog, called for more. Black eyed dog, he knew my name. Black eyed dog, he knew my name. How very sad. BarrHumbug
  • Score: -11

12:42pm Fri 31 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

What a waste of a very talented man - unfortunately some people who want to live don't get a choice!
What a waste of a very talented man - unfortunately some people who want to live don't get a choice! suzigirl
  • Score: -11

4:16pm Fri 31 Jan 14

bowman says...

I hid my depression years ago because employers discriminate against this illness. With good medical help I cope.
I hid my depression years ago because employers discriminate against this illness. With good medical help I cope. bowman
  • Score: 12

6:25pm Fri 31 Jan 14

GAHmusic says...

How sad he felt he couldn't take anti deppresants it could have made such a difference.
How sad he felt he couldn't take anti deppresants it could have made such a difference. GAHmusic
  • Score: 8

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