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Further Contaminations at Stepping Hill Hospital

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Police looking into the contamination of saline solutions at Stepping Hill hospital have been informed of a further incident in which an elderly patient was given milk containing bleach.

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that they do not believe the two incidents to be related, although they are investigating the second incident.

Police were informed of the situation on Saturday after a patient received the drink whilst on a ward catering for the elderly. Fortunately the patient was not harmed.

A spokesperson for the hospital confirmed that, “an incident relating to the possible contamination of a small quantity of milk took place on Saturday night. The police have been informed and the hospital is helping them with their enquiries.”

Greater Manchester Police are still investigating the deaths of three patients earlier this year. Derek weaver, Arnold Lancaster and Tracey Arden all died after receiving treatment at the hospital In July. Six further deaths have been removed from the investigations and are no longer been treated as suspicious. These families have been informed as Terry Sweeney, Assistant Chief Constable stated, “The decision to rule out the deaths of these six people will provide their families with some level of reassurance.”

The nurse initially arrested on suspicion of the deaths, Rebecca Leighton, was released without charge on September 2nd after spending 6 weeks on remand. She claims that being arrested knowing she was innocent was a “living hell.”

There is a meeting being held on Wednesday in which the General Nursing and Midwifery Council will decide whether Leighton will have her nursing registration reinstated.

Investigations are continuing.

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