A nurse has been arrested on suspicion of deliberately harming stroke patients in a Lancashire hospital.
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust contacted Lancashire Police on the 8th of November after concerns were raised about the care provided by a healthcare professional – who is understood to be a nurse.
Lancashire Police state they are at the very early stages of their investigation but have confirmed a healthcare professional has been arrested on “suspicion of administering any poison or noxious thing with the intent to injure and ill-treatment or wilful neglect.”
Detective Chief Insp Jill Johnston, of 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. We are working closely with the Trust as part of the investigation.”
‘All necessary actions are being taken’.
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.
“The trust is working with the police and cooperating fully with their investigation.
“We would like to reassure all our patients that all necessary actions are being taken.
“The hospital remains a safe and caring environment for patients and the provision of services will continue as usual.’’
The nurse has been released on bail but remains suspended from her post.