Lonely’ Test and Trace staff member, 22, took her own life while working from home

Alice Quaddy was found unresponsive at her flat in Cirencester by her parents after her manager at Cirencester Hospital contacted her mum to say she’d not reported for work

A Test and Trace worker took her own life while working from home.

Alice Quaddy had been suffering from a “sense of isolation and futility” before her death, her dad Brecon said.

The 22-year-old health care assistant’s mental health was aggravated by the loneliness she felt being on standby at home but often having little work to do, Gloucestershire Live reported.

On April 22 Alice’s manager at Cirencester Hospital contacted her mum to say she’d not reported for work that day, Gloucestershire Coroner’s Court heard

He said that she had also missed two days earlier that week.

The inquest heard that Alice’s parents went straight to their daughter’s flat, but could not get a response.

Mr Quaddy used her spare keys to get into the building and on reaching her flat he peered through the letter box and saw his daughter lying lifeless.

He called the emergency services and let the paramedics into the flat, who declared her death at 3.43pm.

Speaking after the inquest, Alice’s father said: “Alice’s loss is deeply felt by everyone who knew her.

“To her NHS colleagues at Cirencester Hospital where she worked as a health care assistant, she was a valued and greatly appreciated member of the team whose death was all the more shocking because it was completely at odds with the Alice they knew.

“She bravely fought mental illness for years and she leaves behind an unfathomable hole in the lives of everyone who knew her.

“Alice was seconded to the NHS internal Covid track and trace programme in Gloucestershire. She wasn’t working on the wards at Cirencester (which she loved).

“It was meant for the best, since she was classed as vulnerable to Covid due to earlier physical health issues.

“Unfortunately, on many days she had few or no calls to make but still needed to remain in her flat alone on standby, a fact that doubtless increased her sense of isolation and futility that was referred to during the inquest.

“However, we don’t blame the NHS at all for what happened. She was part of a wonderful team. It was the response to Covid.”

The inquest heard from ‘Change Grow Live,’ an organisation that provides drug and alcohol recovery services in Gloucestershire, and was overseeing Alice’s substance misuse after she had self-referred herself to the charity in January of this year.

The organisation said Alice was being treated for her cannabis and alcohol misuse.

However, her contact had been sporadic until March 9.

At the time of her death she was not being prescribed any medication by the organisation.

Alice had told them that she used around one gram of cannabis on a daily basis and only consumed alcohol socially.

Alice told her support worker that she suffered from anxiety and depression, but she did not disclose any suicidal thoughts, the organisation added.

Police Sergeant Portman told the inquest that he attended Alice’s address and saw her in situ.

He saw that she had a number of bruises and self harm marks to her body.

There were no visible wounds to suggest that she had been assaulted and no signs of forced entry to the flat.

He concluded that there was no third party involvement in Alice’s death, he said.

Another police officer discovered Alice’s journal, which revealed the state of mind she was in at the time.

A pathologist’s post mortem report stated that Alice had consumed alcohol and cannabis immediately prior to death and that both substances have intoxicating properties which, when combined, can alter the user’s state of mind.

The pathologist believed Alice had not been taking the anti-psychotic drugs that she had been prescribed.

He stated that the medical cause of death was the effects of hanging.

Assistant coroner for Gloucestershire Roland Wooderson said: “It is quite clear from the evidence that Alice died on April 22 at her home address. I accept the medical cause of death.”

The coroner then offered his condolences to Alice’s family and added that anything he said wouldn’t make anything better for them.