Female nurse arrested on suspicion of poisoning patients on stroke ward

Wendy Swift, Chief Executive of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We can confirm a healthcare professional has been suspended in line with Trust policy following allegations of mistreatment against patients on the Stroke Unit “We take all allegations of this type extremely seriously and when the concerns were raised we immediately contacted the police.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A female nurse has been arrested on suspicion of deliberately poisoning stroke patients in a Lancashire hospital.Police said the staff member is being investigated for administering poison or noxious fluids with the intent to injure, as well as for ill treatment and wilful neglect of patients at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.It is understood that Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust contacted police on November 8 after a colleague of the nurse raised concerns to the management.The nurse was suspended from her post and has been bailed till December 6.It follows a report by the Care Quality Commission last year which raised concerns over the trust’s ability to safely handle medicine.Detective Chief Insp Jill Johnston, from Lancashire Police, said: “This arrest is part of an on-going investigation into allegations of mistreatment of patients by a healthcare professional at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.”The inquiry is complicated and we have a team of specialist detectives working on this case who are also offering support to those families who have had loved ones identified as potentially being involved.”Our priority and the priority of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is to ensure the safety of patients.”The hospital has been criticised for its heavy use of agency nurses due to the high number of staff vacancies, however the nurse in question is understood to be a full time member of staff. read more