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8 December 2021

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust response to the charges brought against a Theatre nurse who worked at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital


Updated 8th December 2021

Professor Chris Morley, Chief Nurse, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:

“We and our patients expect a high standard of professionalism from all our staff. We have taken the allegations against this nurse who worked in the Day Case Theatre Unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital extremely seriously. We have fully co-operated with the police to do all we can to support the investigation which has resulted in the charges now being brought. The nurse has not worked in any of our hospitals since the arrest in December 2020 and we immediately reported the concerns raised to the relevant professional body which is the Nursing and Midwifery Council. We can confirm that the required employment checks in place at the time of appointment were carried out appropriately. We are so very sorry that of the four patients involved we cannot identify three of them due to the nature of the images and understand this will be distressing for anyone who had surgery in the Day Case Theatre Unit between 2017 and 2020 which is the period the charges relate to. Throughout the investigation we have also provided support to the staff who have been affected by the allegations and investigation. Until the outcome of the court case is confirmed it would be inappropriate to comment further on the nurse or the allegations. Unfortunately we do not have any further information to be able to confirm the identity of the 3 patients but we understand that some patients treated in the Day Case Theatre Unit at the Hallamshire Hospital between 2017 and 2020 may wish to speak to us and can call on 0114 2715757. Their details will be taken and then they will receive a telephone call back at their convenience.”
 



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