Hospital worker pleads guilty to thefts from patients and colleagues

13/05/2011

A Nottingham hospital worker has pleaded guilty to a series of thefts from patients and staff, offences described by CPS East Midlands Crown Advocate Jon Fountain as "shocking" and "causing real distress".

Corena Briley worked on oncology wards at Nottingham City Hospital. Over a six-month period she stole items from a bottle of cosmetics to cash, bank cards and mobile phones. She also admitted fraud, in that she used a stolen bank card. She was identified as a common thread between the thefts, in that she was on duty when all of them occurred and a search of her home recovered some of the missing items.

Mr Fountain said: "Corena Briley worked on the oncology wards, where staff are dedicated to the treatment, care and support of patients and their families at the most testing of times. She has pleaded guilty to stealing from patients and colleagues over a six-month period, abusing her position of trust. That someone would steal from patients was shocking and caused them and their families real distress."

Ms Briley was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment at Nottingham Crown Court.