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Inquiry into hospital drugs death.

Byline: BY LIAM MURPHY Daily Post Staff

AN INQUIRY has been launched at a Wirral hospital into the storage of drugs after a worker died of a suspected overdose of medication only available from his workplace.

Operating theatre technician Kevin Murphy, 27, was found dead in a car with a specialist needle in his arm and drugs, normally used by anaesthetists, nearby, an inquest heard.

Police and ambulance services were called after a passer by reported seeing a man with a hypodermic needle in his arm.

Drugs used in hospital operating theatres were discovered on the front passenger seat of the car.

Mr Murphy, of New Chester Road, Bromborough, had last been seen at 3am that same morning at the home of his partner, with whom he had nine-month-old twins. He had been at a party held to celebrate her birthday, during which the coule were said to have argued.

Paul Holt, Director of Operations and Chief Nurse at Wirral Hospital NHS Trust, said: "We can confirm the drugs involved are widely used in operating theatres and are accessible to healthcare professionals."

Mr Holt added: "Although we believe the way in which we currently store the drugs involved balances the need for security with the need for easy access, we will be examining whether there are any other appropriate storage options."

The inquest was adjourned.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 28, 2006
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