Time to Go, Nurse Told Patient as She Gave Painkiller, Trial Told

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Byline: By Hugo Duncan

A hospital nurse told a patient to 'give in, it's time to go' as she gave him extra doses of painkillers, a fellow medic told a court yesterday.

Barbara Salisbury pressed the booster button on the device administering diamorphine to James Byrne to such an extent that the noise reminded a colleague of a child playing Space Invaders, Chester Crown Court was told.

Mr Byrne, 76, is one of four elderly patients Salisbury is accused of trying to kill while she was a nurse at Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Cheshire.

It was part of a 'ruthless efficiency drive' to free up beds, according to Robin Spencer QC, prosecuting.

Salisbury, 47, from Pontybodkin, near Mold, denies four counts of attempted murder.

Mr Byrne was admitted to Leighton Hospital on May 6, 1999 following a stroke.

He was unconscious when he was admitted and did not regain consciousness before his death two weeks later on May 20.

It was alleged that Salisbury took it upon herself to try to hasten his death.

Giving evidence, nurse Jane Booth told the jury she had seen Salisbury give Mr Byrne extra doses of diamorphine - heroin - via a Graseby pump early on the morning of May 18. …