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Arrest after hospital saline bags 'tampered with'

14 July 2017 National News


A hospital worker has been arrested after saline bags appeared to have been tampered with at the facility in Cumbria.

The 24-year-old woman from Wigton was held on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice and appearing to contaminate goods, police said.

A member of staff made the discovery at Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle in January and an investigation was launched.

Saline bags are used to intravenously administer medicine or fluid to hospital patients.

A Cumbria force spokesman said: “Police will continue to work closely with the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust as inquiries continue into this investigation.”

Security was increased at the facility following the discovery and the trust said there were no indications any patients had been adversely affected.

A spokeswoman for the trust said: “The trust has been working closely with the police since January 2017 when a small number of saline bags appeared to have been tampered with at the Cumberland Infirmary.

“The trust can confirm that a member of staff has been arrested in connection with the incident and we continue to support Cumbria Police with their investigation.

“It is important for the trust to reiterate that there has been no patient harm or adverse effects related to this incident.”


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