Nurses at a hospital were left "off their faces" after a granddad thanked them with a cake that was filled with cannabis.
On May 27th, police arrived at Warrington Hospital to discover that staff had eaten a red velvet cake that was full of the Class B drug. It had been brought to them as a thank you present for the care they had provided to the relative of an elderly man.
It is thought that the cake was made for his grandson's 18th birthday and he had no idea about the contents.
The hospital chiefs initially said that no-one had eaten the cake, but were then alter forced to admit that 'one member of staff' consumed some but 'did not experience any effects'.
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That said, a member of staff who - for obvious reasons - doesn't want to give their name said that "three or four" of the nursing staff ate the cake and were left "off their faces" feeling "relaxed" afterwards.
Yep, it'll do that.
The staff member said: "They were eating the cake and then the next minute the staff were all off their faces.
"It was brought in by a nice old man as a thank you, but it was full of funny stuff and had them all relaxed.
"There was no impact on the patients whatsoever, but they all knew something was wrong, so the police were called in."
Cheshire Police then confiscated the cake and tested it. They discovered that there was a load of cannabis in it. It is thought that the cake was baked for an 18th birthday party, but was brought to the hospital by the hapless granddad when he spotted that there was some left.
A police source said: "It was genuinely an error by all parties, even the person who put something in that he shouldn't have because he didn't know it was going to the hospital.
"Nobody knew that, and that's why we're not taking it any further."
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Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust first said that staff only smelled the cake, but then admitted that some was eaten and that they'd conducted a 72-hour investigation into the incident.
Their chief nurse, Kimberley Salmon-Jamieson, said: "A homemade cake was brought in to one of our wards in error by a patient's family.
"The item was collected by Cheshire Police to be tested. An internal investigation has been undertaken and we can confirm that one member of staff tried the cake, but they did not experience any effects and there was no impact on our patients."
A statement from Cheshire Police said: "Officers received a report on Monday 27 May that a cake which was suspected to contain drugs had been brought in by a member of the public and given to staff at Warrington Hospital.
"After an investigation, officers determined that the member of the public who had brought in the cake was unaware of the content of the cake as it had been left over from their grandson's birthday party.
"Officers have now spoken to all parties involved and given some strong words of advice. The case has now been closed and the cake destroyed."
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