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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Cumbrian nurse helped unconscious man on way to her disciplinary tribunal

A nurse, cleared of misconduct, has been thanked for helping to deal with an unconscious man – on the way to her disciplinary tribunal in London.

Melanie Riley, a medic for 20 years, said it was an automatic response to help.

The man had lapsed into an unconscious state on the train after leaving Lancaster and Miss Riley, 48, said she quickly realised he needed an ambulance.

She said: “I heard this fracas and concluded a man people were trying to rouse was actually unconscious.

“They were going to get him a wheelchair at the next station but I advised to get an ambulance there as his breathing was not right.”

Virgin Trains sent a letter of thanks, flowers and chocolates to her home.

The Barrow, Ulverston and Millom children’s nurse was cleared of giving wrong advice about paracatemol to the parents of a newborn baby.

Nursing and Midwifery Council found it was a genuine mistake and Miss Riley was told last week that she can return to work.

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