Hospital employee charged over violent robbery of cancer patient

A female hospital employee has been charged after she allegedly assaulted and robbed a cancer patient in a Sydney hospital.

Police said that on Friday 16 March, a 77-year-old woman was admitted to a Bella Vista hospital for a routine procedure. After her surgery, she was returned to her room to recover.

“It’s alleged an employee of the hospital then entered the woman’s room and went through the patient’s property, removing two credit cards from her wallet,” NSW Police said in a statement.


“It’s alleged the employee physically restrained the woman while demanding the PIN numbers to the credit cards.”

The patient told the employee the codes, and she then allegedly withdrew money from the victim’s bank account at a nearby shopping centre.

Police were alerted to the incident and attended the hospital to speak with the patient who had suffered  deep tissue bruising to her arms, legs, neck and chest.

Following an investigation, officers arrested a 45-year-old woman at a Bungarribee home about 7.15am today, and executed a search warrant.

She was taken to Blacktown Police Station where she was charged with aggravated robbery, knowingly deal with the proceeds of crime, and dishonestly obtain financial advantage.

She is due to appear in Blacktown Local Court today.