A Ryedale nurse is at the centre of two investigations after police charged her with stealing from patients at Scarborough Hospital.
The 21-year-old will appear in court later this month to face 14 allegations of theft, which police claim occurred over a seven month period at the Woodlands Drive site.
And the nurse, who lives in Malton, also faces an internal NHS probe over the alleged offences, which hospital bosses say they are treating “very seriously.”
The nurse has been suspended from her position at the hospital pending the outcome of both the police investigation and a separate probe from the York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
In total, the nurse faces 13 counts of theft along with one count of theft in dwelling other than automatic machine or meter.
North Yorkshire Police say that the charges relate to alleged thefts from patients at Scarborough Hospital between March 2013 and October 2013.
The woman, who police have refused to name due to an NHS request, is scheduled to appear at Scarborough Magistrate’s on Wednesday, June 25.
The York NHS trust has now sought to reassure patients, claiming that their safety is its “top priority”.
A trust spokesperson added: “Our security team has been working closely with the police assisting with their investigations and we can confirm a member of staff from Scarborough Hospital has been suspended.
“The trust takes allegations of this nature extremely seriously and we would like to reassure patients and staff that creating a safe environment remains our top priority.
“We are unable to comment further until after the court hearing.”
Both police and NHS bosses are investigating the claims.