A PATIENT'S body lay undiscovered for four days in a Leeds hospital, an inquest in the city heard.
Kevin Hackney, 46, of Rodley, had been admitted to a psychiatric ward at St James's Hospital in May, 2003, after a failed suicide bid.
But on May 29 hospital staff raised the alarm after he went missing.
A brief search of the building was carried out for Mr Hackney, who was considered to be at high risk of self-harm.
After failing to find him, police and Mr Hackney's worried mother were told he had gone missing. It was assumed he had left the hospital.
He was only found on the morning of June 2, when a patient said there were "bad smells" coming out of a locked shower.
Mr Hackney had cut his throat and neck with a razor blade.
A post-mortem found that he would have died "within minutes".
Coroner David Hinchcliffe questioned three staff members on why the room had not been checked.