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Nursing staff suspensions following neglect investgations

An investigation into six nursing staff has been launched by Police after they received reports about a patient being left in distress and covered in her own faeces for an extended period of time.

The incident is alleged to have occurred at a mental health unit where an extremely distressed psychiatric patient was discovered traumatised by day shift workers when they turned up for work in the morning.

The incident in question happened on the night shift when a patient was left screaming and in extremely unpleasant conditions for a number of hours. It has been alleged that the patient was not offered assistance in her situation by the night staff and only received support when the day shift nurses arrived.

The trust responsible for the unit has suspended two nurses and four nursing assistants until the Police investigation is concluded and the patient’s family have been informed.

A police spokesperson said: “We can confirm that we were made aware of an allegation in relation to the ill treatment of a patient on a ward at Royal Blackburn Hospital. We are working with our partners within the Lancashire Care Foundation Trust to establish if this matter will be subject to a criminal investigation.”

 

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