Man accused of impersonating nurse at Scotland's largest hospital

A man will go on trial accused of pretending to be a nurse at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital multiple times.

A man is set to face trial accused of impersonating a nurse multiple times at Scotland’s largest hospital.

Lee Woods was arrested and charged at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital on July 18 this year.

He is accused of wearing an NHS uniform, with a lanyard and falsified identification badge claiming the position of a charge nurse. It is claimed he had accessed the hospital in this way on at least four occasions between March and his arrest.

The 28-year-old, from Greenock, appeared in court on July 19. He is due to return to Glasgow Sheriff Court in January.

The charge against Woods claims he repeatedly gained access to the resuscitation and children’s areas of the hospital and behaved in a disorderly manner.

The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow is the largest in Scotland and is home to both adult and children’s hospitals and two major emergency departments – one for adults and one for children.

Following a review, NHS National Services Scotland counter fraud services issued an alert notice regarding a security breach at the hospital.

NHS staff were reminded to wear identification when in the workplace and to “remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to their line manager”.

A spokesperson for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “The safety of our patients, staff and visitors across all of our sites is a priority to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

“We can confirm that an individual was arrested at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in July 2023, and our onsite teams provided support to the relevant authorities to enable appropriate action to be taken.

“We would like to reassure members of the public that our onsite security teams work very hard to ensure the safety and security of our facilities for all those who need to use them.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “A 28-year-old man was arrested and charged in connection with impersonating a member of nursing staff at a hospital in Glasgow on Tuesday, July 18.

“A report was submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

Woods is due to stand trial in Glasgow on January 31.

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