Royal phone hoax: Result of post mortem on tragic nurse expected at inquest tomorrow

King Edward VII hospital in London. Picture: PA
King Edward VII hospital in London. Picture: PA
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THE result of a post mortem on the nurse who apparently killed herself after being duped by two Australian DJ hoax callers will be released at the inquest into her death tomorrow, Scotland Yard has said.

• Jacintha Saldanha was found at nurses’ accommodation near King Edward VII hospital last week

• Parent company of Australian radio station have donated to the fund set up in Ms Saldanha’s name

The examination to establish the cause of Jacintha Saldanha’s death began yesterday and has concluded but its result will not be officially announced until the hearing at Westminster Coroner’s Court on Thursday morning.

The family of the nurse are set to receive more than £300,000 from Southern Cross Austereo, the parent company of Sydney station 2Day FM, whose presenters were behind the prank call.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said the post mortem result “would be announced tomorrow at the inquest”.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and the inquest is expected to be opened and adjourned as inquiries are continuing.

David Cameron paid tribute to Ms Saldanha and said MPs’ sympathies and condolences would be with her family.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s questions, he told the Commons: “She clearly loved her job, loved her work (and) cared deeply about the health of the patients, and what has happened is a complete tragedy.”