A third prosecution will be brought against Southern Health Foundation Trust after a patient was found dead in a hospital in Southampton five years ago.

The Health and Safety Executive is taking action against the trust over the death of Teresa Colvin on 22 April 2012.

Ms Colvin died at Woodhaven adult mental health hospital.

A coroner found no “systematic failure” in the care of Ms Colvin but said the risk of a telephone unit within the hospital was “underestimated” and a subject of “proper criticism”, the Southampton Daily Echo reported.

An HSE spokesman said the trust is being prosecuted under section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974.

Southern Health, which provides community and mental health services, will appear at Oxford magistrates court on 20 November.

Last week the trust was fined £125,000 after a Care Quality Commission prosecution over safety warnings that were repeatedly ignored by the trust.

Southern Health has also pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety law over the death of Connor Sparrowhawk in 2013. This prosecution was brought by HSE and the trust is expected to be sentenced next year.

Southern Health prosecuted for third time