Deliberate food poisoning sees care worker charged with attempted murder

elderly man served food by care worker at care home.
Miss Swift was employed as a care worker and has been charged with attempted murder after the deliberate food poisoning attempt.

23-year-old Melissa Swift, a care worker at Goldfield Court extra care unit, was due to appear in court on 5th September after being arrested on 14th August. Police received several reports that residents at Goldfield Court had been struck down with suspected food poisoning. The complex has 93 flats and is run by Housing and Care 21. Miss Swift was employed there as a care worker and has been charged with attempted murder after the deliberate food poisoning attempt.

Residents at the complex complained of severe headaches, nausea and diarrhoea, with several needing to be admitted to hospital for treatment. Since the police launched their investigation, no further cases have been reported and all those affected have now made a recovery. On 4th September, Miss Swift was charged with the offences after undergoing a psychiatric assessment to find out why and how the deliberate food poisoning took place.

If you or someone you love has suffered from food poisoning in hospital or whilst staying in a residential home or care unit, there are steps you can take. In the first instance, you should always complain to the facility in question, as they will usually launch their own investigation to find out what has happened.

Have you been struck down by food poisoning?

Food poisoning is surprisingly common, but it can be serious, particularly amongst very young children, elderly people and those who are already unwell. Symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhoea

These symptoms normally develop after around 24-48 hours and can last for several days. If you are still suffering with severe symptoms after 48 hours, you may need to contact your GP as medical treatment may be needed.

Claiming compensation for food poisoning

Contact Accident Advice Helpline today if you have been affected by food poisoning after a stay in hospital or whilst staying at a care home. We have dealt with hundreds of similar successful claims for compensation, and we’re here to offer you confidential, no-obligation advice. Because we only work in the personal injury industry (we don’t deal in any other area of the law), you know you’ll receive a dedicated, specialised service from us, and all our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis. Our patron, UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen, recommends us for our excellent standards of customer service. Why not call our freephone helpline today to find out if you’re eligible to claim compensation for food poisoning?

Source: BBC 

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