North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust has called in Cumbria Police after a small number of saline bags appear to have been tampered with.
The problem was discovered on Wednesday 4 January by a member of staff who alerted senior clinicians straight away.
The Trust immediately implemented its serious incident procedures and there is no indication that any patients have been adversely affected but the situation is being continually monitored. There has been considerable work since the incident to review medicines across the hospital and to increase security measures.
Dr Rod Harpin, medical director at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I can confirm that the Trust contacted the police on Wednesday 4 January regarding a small number of saline bags at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle which appear to have been tampered with. We immediately implemented our serious incident procedures and there is no indication that any patients have been adversely affected but we continue to monitor this closely. Patient safety is our absolute priority and we will continue to work closely with the police.”
If patients have any questions or concerns, they can contact the Trust on 01228 814247.