There was “nothing” in Nicola Bulley’s medical records to suggest she was suicidal, her former GP has told an inquest into her death. Dr Rebecca Gray, told the hearing at County Hall, Preston: “There is nothing on the notes or records from 2012 where there’s been any mention of her feeling suicidal or of self-harm.” Ms Bulley had spoken to Dr Gray about feeling a “low mood and anxiety” since 2018, later telling of headaches, fatigue and lack of sleep.
Nicola Bulley was sent to A&E on January 11 due to an injury to her head, a GP has told an inquest into her death.
Dr Rebecca Gray, told the hearing at County Hall, Preston, Ms Bulley attended a walk-in centre after a fall, complaining of increased drowsiness and vomiting.
She was sent to A&E where a CT scan came back normal, the inquest heard.
Ms Bulley vanished on January 27 while taking her usual dog walk along the River Wyre in St Michael’s on Wyre, Lancashire.
An inquest into her death has resumed today at County Hall in Preston.
Today’s hearing will hear evidence from a mental health expert, Nicola’s GP, her sister Louise Cunningham and then her partner Paul Ansell.
The coroner will deliver his conclusion after hearing from all of those and then deliberating on all evidence heard so far.
Teresa Lewis Leevy, a mental health clinician, explained that on January 10, 2023, just two weeks before Nicola went missing, her sister Louise Cunningham called the mental health team and “asked for some assistance with her sister”. The family was concerned with her increased alcohol use and the impression she “didn’t want to be here”. The team arrived at Nicola’s home at 7.30pm with police and a paramedic also there.
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According to Ms Leevy, Nicola was “appropriately dressed” and “appeared to be intoxicated”. Nicola told her she had lost weight as a result of her increased alcohol use. The conversation with Ms Leevy was “quite brief” and Nikki then said she was tired and wanted to go to bed.
Ms Leevy said that although Nicola was intoxicated she wasn’t slurring her words but she was repetitive in saying “she wasn’t sure how this had happened but wasn’t able to quantify that with an explanation”. Nicola was advised to go and see the GP the following day but she said she couldn’t as she was sorting her mortgage out.
However, when Ms Leevy spoke to Nicola’s partner Paul he said there “wasn’t an issue with the mortgage and it wasn’t something that was being done the following day”.
When asked if Nicola appeared depressed, Ms Leevy said: “No, no, not that I could ascertain at the time.”