Sheffield nurse struck off for stealing drugs

Sheffield's Northern General Hospital
Sheffield's Northern General Hospital
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A nurse who stole drugs from her employers has been kicked out of the profession.

Julie Stacey pocketed Dizepam while working at the Swallownest Care Home in Sheffield and was only caught when officers spotted her driving erratically.

She was found to be three times over the legal drink drive limit and a search revealed a stash of Diazepam.

In 2012, Stacey stole £245.75 of make-up, clothing and jewellery from Debenhams and was handed a conditional discharge.

Stacey had already come to the attention of the police after she wandered into the Northern General Hospital in full uniform while off duty and asked for drugs in 2010.

She admitted receiving one caution and four convictions before a tribunal panel of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in London.

Stacey was handed a police caution after she visited the Northern General in full uniform while on sick leave in June 2010.

The nurse, who was employed by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, posed as being on duty and requested drugs saying her ‘ward was short’.

She asked for co-codamol, dihydracodeine and codeine phosphate, all opium based, from three separate wards.

After pocketing some of the drugs, Stacey walked out of the hospital.

An investigation found no case to answer but the matter was reignited because of her offending within the following three years.

Stacey was working at the Swallownest Care Home when she received a conditional discharge for stealing £245.75 of make-up, clothing and jewellery from Debenhams in December 2012.

Then in November 2013 she was spotted driving badly by police who arrested her after she failed a roadside breath test.

She had 116 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35.

After her arrest, a box of Diazepam tablets was discovered. Stacey admitted she had taken them from the nursing home.

In December 2013 Stacey was convicted at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court of driving with excess alcohol, theft and possession of a class C drug.

And in February 2014, she was sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months.

Panel chair Hilary Nightingale said: “In terms of aggravating factors, the panel noted that two of the convictions related to theft from the workplace.

“Three of the convictions and the caution were for matters relating to dishonesty and all occurred over a relatively short period of approximately three years.”

Stacey, employed by Assist 24 HR Nursing Agency at the time of her convictions, was struck off the register and will not be able to apply for restoration for five years.