Who is this nurse who 'killed 17 babies', and what else has she got up to?
It turns out that she also worked at another English hospital
A second English hospital has launched an investigation after it emerged that a nurse arrested on suspicion of the murder of eight babies had spent time training there.
Lucy Letby, 28, who is also accused of the attempted murder of another six newborns, is in custody while police search her home in connection with the deaths at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
Liverpool Womens Hospital on Merseyside announced on Wednesday that it was involved in the police investigation and was reviewing patients who attended the hospital during Letby’s placement there.
It is not known what her duties were at the hospital.
A spokesperson for Liverpool Women’s Trust said: “A healthcare worker currently involved in a police investigation undertook placements at Liverpool Women’s during their training.
“We are co-operating with police as part of their investigation which includes a routine review of patients cared for on our neonatal unit during the time of these placements. There is currently no suggestion that any patients at Liverpool Women’s came to any harm in relation to this investigation.”
Cheshire Police are investigating the deaths of 17 babies and 15 non-fatal collapses at the Countess of Chester Hospital between June 2015 and June 2016.
The force has not confirmed the identity of the healthworker who was arrested on Tuesday morning, on suspicion of murder in relation to eight of the babies and attempted murder in relation to six of the babies, but it is understood to be Letby.
A blue tent has been erected outside her home on Westbourne Road, in Chester, and officers were seen searching the property as well as that of her parents.
In a staff profile in the Chester and District Standard in March 2013, Letby described her role in the neonatal unit and revealed that she had recently trained at Liverpool Women's Hospital.
She said: “My role involves caring for a wide range of babies requiring various levels of support.
“Some are here for a few days, others for many months and I enjoy seeing them progress and supporting their families.
“I am currently undergoing extra training in order to develop and enhance my knowledge and skills within the intensive care area and have recently completed a placement at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.”
Letby graduated from the University of Chester with a degree in child nursing in 2011.
At the time, a photograph of Letby in her graduation robes and gown appeared in her local Hereford Times newspaper alongside a note from her parents which said: “We are so proud of you after all your hard work. Love Mum and Dad.”
After qualifying as a children’s nurse she joined the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester, where she also spent time during her training.
Police launched an investigation in May 2017, initially looking at the deaths of 15 babies between June 2015 and June 2016 but it has now been expanded to examine 17 deaths and 15 non-fatal collapses.
Detective Inspector Paul Hughes, in charge of the investigation for Cheshire Police, said: “This is a highly complex and very sensitive investigation and, as you can appreciate, we need to ensure we do everything we possibly can to try to establish in detail what has led to these deaths and collapses.
“As a result of our ongoing inquiries we have today arrested a healthcare professional in connection with the investigation.
“While this is a significant step forward, it is important to remember that the investigation is very much active and ongoing.”
Ian Harvey, the hospital’s medical director, said he was confident the unit was currently operating safely.
He said: “We are continuing to support Cheshire Police with their ongoing investigation. Asking the police to look into this was not something we did lightly, but we need to do everything we can to understand what has happened here and get the answers we and the families so desperately want.
“The Countess is now equivalent to a Level 1 Special Care Baby Unit and we are confident the unit is safe to continue in its current form.”
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