A nurse who messaged a colleague telling her to sedate a man on a stroke unit ‘to high heaven’ has told the court the comment was ‘banter’ – as the pair have been accused of drugging patients for their ‘own amusement’.
Catherine Hudson, 54, and Charlotte Wilmot, 48, are on trial for allegedly ill-treating patients while nurses at Blackpool Victoria Hospital between 2017 and 2018.
The pair were allegedly involved in drugging patients for for an ‘easy life’ during shifts and for their ‘own amusement’, prosecutors claimed.
Peter Wright KC told jurors at Preston Crown Court that the messages between the two nurses have revealed a ‘culture of abuse’.
Hudson, of Blackpool, is an experienced band five registered nurse and Wilmot is a band four assistant practitioner.
Wilmot, also of Blackpool, insisted the messages ‘sound awful’ but were merely ‘black humour’ when she was interviewed by detectives.
The messages found that Hudson wrote ‘I’m going to kill bed five’, referring to an elderly male patient.
‘Well tonight sedate him to high heaven lol,’ Wilmot replied.
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