BREAKING NEWS: Stockport, Manchester: Police Investigate Low-Blood-Sugar Link To Three Deaths At Same Hospital

15 Jul

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Low Blood Sugar Link To Deaths At Hospital

 

Police are investigating the death of a third patient at a hospital in Stockport.

All three are believed to have been treated on the same ward at Stepping Hill Hospital.

Greater Manchester Police began an investigation after an experienced nurse noticed that an abnormal number of patients on the ward had inexplicably low blood sugar levels.

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust said that saline containers had been “interfered with”.

It’s thought that this resulted in as many as 12 patients wrongly being given insulin.

Two men aged 84 and 71 and a 44-year-old woman may have died as a result, although that has not yet been confirmed.

Police have taken away saline vials and say they are treating the case “extremely seriously”.

The local hospital trust’s chief executive, Dr Chris Burke, said: “We are now in the process of contacting patients and the relatives of those who may have been affected.

“The Trust has done an initial check of all ampoules in the hospital and is carrying out a number of additional measures to safeguard patients.”

Post mortem examinations are being carried out to establish what caused the deaths.

Police are to interview staff at the hospital including doctors and nurses.

NEWS UPDATE:

A third death of a hospital patient is being investigated after vials of saline were found contaminated with insulin.

Detectives are now looking at the deaths of a 44-year-old woman and two men, aged 71 and 84, at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, Greater Manchester.

A total of 12 patients were wrongly given insulin in their medication which may have led to the fatalities, police sources said.

Hospital chiefs contacted police on Tuesday after an experienced nurse reported a higher than normal number of patients on her ward with “unexplained” low blood sugar levels.

The hospital concluded that some saline ampoules had been “interfered with”.

It is understood officers have started the process of interviewing anyone who had access to the ward in question, including doctors, nurses and porters.

Detective Superintendent Julian Ross, of Greater Manchester Police, said: “We are investigating the deaths of a 44-year-old woman and two men aged 71 and 84. I must stress the cause of death is not known and any speculation about this would not be helpful to our investigation or welcomed by the families of these people.”

The 44-year-old woman and the 71-year-old man were terminally ill.

Dr Chris Burke, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust’s chief executive, said: “We are now in the process of contacting patients and the relatives of those who may have been affected.

“The trust has done an initial check of all ampoules in the hospital and is carrying out a number of additional measures to safeguard patients.

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