Nurse suspended: investigation under way

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A nurse has been suspended after an allegation of “inappropriate” behaviour at Scarborough Hospital.

North Yorkshire Police have confirmed they are investigating an alleged incident at the hospital on August 1.

Details have yet to emerge, but it is understood to involve a male nurse and a female patient in her 80s.

It is not clear whether a complaint was made by the patient, but the matter was referred to police by the hospital once hospital authorities were made aware.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: “Police are working with Scarborough Hospital after an allegation was made that a member of staff was acting in an inappropriate manner while on duty.

“At this stage the circumstances are unclear and an investigation is under way to establish exactly what happened. No one was injured.”

The spokesman added that the nurse will not be working at the hospital while the investigation is under way and that no arrests had been made.

A spokeswoman for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust confirmed that they were working with police following the allegations and that an investigation is ongoing.

The trust took over Scarborough and Bridlington hospitals in July 2012, when it acquired Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust.