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Sheffield theatre nurse charged with 20 sexual offences

Paul Grayson, who worked at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, has been charged with sexual assault, voyeurism and making indecent images of children

Paul Grayson, who worked at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, has been charged with sexual assault, voyeurism and making indecent images of children

An operating theatre nurse has been charged with a series of sexual offences against patients and staff at a teaching hospital in Sheffield.

Paul Grayson has been charged with 20 offences, including voyeurism and sexual assault.

Alleged offences against patients and staff in the day case theatre unit

Ten counts of voyeurism and three counts of sexual assault relate to offences allegedly committed in the day case theatre unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, against five members of staff and four patients between 2017 and 2020. Three of these

Paul Grayson, who worked at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, has been charged with sexual assault, voyeurism and making indecent images of children

A photo of Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield
Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield Picture: iStock

An operating theatre nurse has been charged with a series of sexual offences against patients and staff at a teaching hospital in Sheffield.

Paul Grayson has been charged with 20 offences, including voyeurism and sexual assault.

Alleged offences against patients and staff in the day case theatre unit

Ten counts of voyeurism and three counts of sexual assault relate to offences allegedly committed in the day case theatre unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, against five members of staff and four patients between 2017 and 2020. Three of these voyeurism charges and one of the sexual assault charges relate to indecent recordings of three unidentified female patients.

South Yorkshire Police said the remaining seven offences, some of which relate to taking and making indecent photographs of children, were unrelated to Mr Grayson's workplace.

Trust providing support to staff affected by the allegations

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chief nurse Chris Morley said Mr Grayson had not worked at the trust since his arrest in December 2020, adding that the trust had informed the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of this.

‘We can confirm that the required employment checks in place at the time of his appointment were carried out appropriately,’ he said. ‘Throughout the investigation we have also provided support to the staff who have been affected by the allegations and investigation.

‘Until the outcome of the court case is confirmed it would be inappropriate to comment further on the nurse or the allegations.'

Three of the four patients involved in the case cannot be identified due to the nature of the images, Professor Morley added.

Unlikely three patients will be identified

District commander for Sheffield chief superintendent Shelley Hemsley said the charges follow an investigation carried out by the force’s protecting vulnerable people department.

‘Despite significant and wide-ranging enquiries by the team, who have worked closely with the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, it is highly unlikely that the three unidentified women will ever be identified as all existing lines of enquiry have now been exhausted.’

Mr Grayson has been bailed to appear at Sheffield Magistrates Court on 4 February 2022.


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