A healthcare assistant at Ninewells Hospital has been arrested over claims she carried out a series of thefts from patients on a ward for people with Parkinson’s and dementia.
Shannon Mills, 21, of Inveresk Gardens, near Longhaugh Road, allegedly took cash from a patient’s wallet, a purse and a collection envelope.
The thefts are alleged to have taken place between June last year and Tuesday — when she was arrested over the latest claim that she took £50 from a patient’s wallet.
Now, a sheriff has told her to stay away from the hospital while the case goes through court.
Mills appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court to face the allegations.
Her case was continued without plea, and she was released on bail with special conditions not to enter, or seek to enter, the grounds or buildings at Ninewells.
Mills is alleged to have stolen £5 in cash from a purse on June 6 last year.
She then allegedly stole £95 from a purse between September 12-15 last year.
She is accused of stealing £20 from a collection envelope between March 14- 31 this year.
Prosecutors further allege that between June 10 and 11 this year, Mills stole £1 from a patient tray-table.
She is then said to have stolen a further £5 from a patient tray-table on one of those days.
Mills is further charged with, on June 13 or 14, stealing £2 from a patient’s spectacle case.
On June 20 she is said to have stolen £9 from a black coin purse.
And Mills is also charged with stealing £50 from a patient’s wallet on Tuesday.
All of the charges relate to ward five at Ninewells, which looks after male patients being treated for Parkinson’s disease, dementia, delirium, alcohol dependency, epilepsy and infections such as pneumonia.
It also treats patients who have several different conditions at the same time, such as renal failure and diabetes.
Mills appeared in court from custody and the case was continued until August 4.
A defence agent noted that Ninewells Hospital was her place of employment but accepted the bail conditions imposed.
NHS Tayside said it couldn’t comment on an ongoing legal matter.