Nurse injected herself with fatal insulin dose

A CHESTERFIELD nurse injected herself with a fatal dose of insulin she had apparently taken from hospital.

Mrs Carole Rossington (51) was found unconscious in bed by her daughter, Kay, on April 11, an inquest heard.

Mrs Rossington, who had needle puncture wounds in her right leg, was rushed to Chesterfield Royal Hospital in a critical condition.

She died there on May 6 from brain damage after the insulin overdose restricted the flow of oxygen to her brain.

Det Insp Dick Severns told the Chesterfield inquest that Mrs Rossington worked on Murphy ward at the Royal and had been prescribed medication for depression for about two years.

"It is believed she had obtained the insulin from work, where there was no control over access to it as it is not a controlled drug.

"At her home, packaging and needles were found relating to the insulin," said Det Insp Severns.

North Derbyshire Coroner Tom Kelly recorded a verdict of death from a self-administered insulin overdose on Mrs Rossington, who lived in Cornwall Close, Brimington, with her 11-year-old daughter, Siobhan.

The inquest heard that Mrs Rossington had not left a suicide note or indicated to anyone that she intended to take her own life.