Woman arrested in hospital probe

Date: Friday 14th July 2017

POLICE have arrested a woman in connection with an investigation into saline bags that were tampered with at the Cumberland Infirmary.

A 24-year-old woman from Wigton was arrested today on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice and appearing to contaminate goods.

Police were called in after the saline solution bags in question were found by hospital staff on Wednesday, 4th January.

The trust immediately implemented its serious incident procedures and Dr. Rod Harpin, medical director at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said there had been no indication that any patients had been adversely affected, but the situation was being continually monitored.

Speaking about the incident shortly after it was discovered, he added that there had been considerable work to review medicines across the hospital and to increase security measures.

Police will continue to work closely with the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust as inquiries continue.