Nurse investigated over alleged “inappropriate relationship” with patient

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A NURSE is being investigated over allegations that she had an “inappropriate relationship” with a patient at a secure mental hospital.

Alison Freeman was working at Rampton Hospital where hundreds of dangerous and mentally ill people are locked up, when the claims surfaced.

As well as the inappropriate relationship, Ms Freeman, of Princes Street, Eastwood, is accused of sending inappropriate letters - of a “personal nature” - to the patient.

Although nothing has been proved against her, Ms Freeman was hit with an interim suspension order by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in January last year, pending full investigation.

Earlier this month her suspension was extended by another eight months at the High Court to allow inquiries to be completed and an NMC hearing of her case organised.

High Court judge, Mr Justice Burnett, said the extension, unopposed by Ms Freeman, was “appropriate” in the circumstances of the case.

After the brief hearing, a spokesman for the NMC said investigations were still under way and a full list of the allegations against the nurse would not be compiled until a disciplinary hearing is scheduled.

Ms Freeman was not in court to hear her suspension from working as a nurse extended until March next year.