Five nurses suspended from children's ward for 'being too rough with baby'

Four nurses and a healthcare assistant on a children’s ward have been suspended over allegations that a baby was ‘restrained’.

The incident happened on Wednesday at Scunthorpe General Hospital and police and NHS managers have launched an investigation.

So far the hospital has refused to confirm exactly what happened and nurses working there say they have been ‘sworn to secrecy’.


Concerns: The baby was allegedly restrained on the Disney Ward at Scunthorpe General Hospital, prompting a police inquiry (file picture)

Concerns: The baby was allegedly restrained on the Disney Ward at Scunthorpe General Hospital, prompting a police inquiry (file picture)

But it is believed the parents of a baby being treated on Disney Ward complained that nurses had been too forceful.

The local hospital trust launched an
inquiry and Humberside Police were called in to investigate. In the
meantime, the four nurses and support worker have been suspended.

Young children often have to be held
down by doctors and nurses while they are given an injection, such as a
lumbar puncture, where a sample of fluid is taken from the lower back.

Sometimes it may take several members
of staff to keep a small child still, particularly if they are in a lot
of pain or distress.

Investigation: Scunthorpe General Hospital

Investigation: Scunthorpe General Hospital

It is not clear yet whether the four
nurses and support worker were directly involved in the restraint or if
they were simply working on the ward at the time. Last night a nurse
working at the hospital told the Mail: ‘We have all been sworn to
complete secrecy. There is nothing more we can say about the incident –
it’s just not worth our jobs.’

Wendy Booth, of the Northern
Lincolnshire and Goole NHS trust, which runs Scunthorpe General
Hospital, said: ‘We can confirm an incident has occurred which the trust
is investigating.

‘We are keeping the family fully informed. It would not therefore be appropriate to comment further at this stage.’

A Humberside Police spokesman said:
‘Police can confirm that a complaint is being investigated following an
incident at Scunthorpe General Hospital.

‘This is currently in the very early
stages and police are working closely with the NHS trust to fully
establish the circumstances of the case.’