NHS Lothian has been fined £220,000 for safety breaches after two patients died when they fell out of hospital windows in separate incidents.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the deaths of the men, aged 55 and 79, at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.

The HSE said “two vulnerable gentlemen” who were in hospital to receive care lost their lives in “tragic incidents” in 2017 and 2021.

NHS Lothian has apologised to the families of both men, and said a number of actions had been taken to prevent similar incidents in future.

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