A HEARING has been held ahead of an inquest that will look into the death of woman at a mental health unit. Coroner Kirsty Gomersall led the second pre-inquest review hearing following the death of 24-year-old Emma Beth Goulding. The hearing was told she died at the Dova Unit at Furness General Hospital on April 5. Joined by her father and a representative from Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, the coroner discussed the scope of a future inquest and looked at possible areas of investigation. Cockermouth Coroner’s Court heard Miss Goulding had self-harmed previously on more than occasion while being cared for in mental health facilities across the county. The hearing heard that she had been a patient at the Dova Unit at the time of her death after being sectioned. She had previously received care at Duddon House in Barrow and the Hadrian Unit at the Carleton Clinic in Carlisle. The family expressed concerns over Miss Goulding’s previous treatment at Duddon House and asked for that to be considered in the inquest. However, concerned with this line of inquiry would steer the hearing away from the focus of the inquest, Ms Gomersal keen to only consider evidence from Miss Goulding’s care at the Dova Unit and Carleton Clinic. “I don’t want to lose the prime focus of the inquest,” Ms Gomersal said. “I don’t think it needs to go back to her treatment in 2019.” One matter raised by Miss Goulding’s father James Goulding was regarding to transfer of his daughter from the Carleton Clinic to the Dova Unit. “Why didn’t they send her to somewhere where ligature points standards were upheld,” he said. "The Carleton Unit had this in place, but these criteria could not be met at the Dova Unit.” The coroner agreed this question should be asked and said Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, who run the Carleton Clinic, would be contacted. The coroner went on to decide that a jury would not be required for this trial as it would be likely to slow down proceedings as they take longer to arrange and conduct. Ms Gomersal suggested a date for the inquest hearing after April 2021 which would likely take a week to conclude due to the amount of witness statements and live evidence to be given.