Beware bogus nurses who target families with new babies, police warn

2012-11-12 00:00

POLICE are warning Pietermaritzburg residents to be on the lookout for two women posing as nurses conducting post-natal home visits.

This comes after a Pelham woman, Charne Brock, reported that two women visited her house on Wednesday morning claiming they were nurses from St Anne’s Hospital.

They were driving in the Pelham area in a black Opel Corsa, with unfamiliar registration numbers and tinted windows. Brock gave birth to her baby at the hospital three months ago.

“I was at work and they found my helper at the house. They were wearing uniforms and told her they were from St Anne’s Hospital.

“They knew everything about me and told her they had come to check up on my baby.

“They even had a gift hamper,” Brock told The Witness.

She said they became very aggressive when the helper refused to let them in, but eventually gave up and left. “I don’t know what their motive was. I’m scared they might come back and kidnap my baby. Maybe our lives are in danger.”

Sweety Pillay, nursing manager at Netcare St Anne’s, said the hospital does not do home visits.

She insisted it was not staff from the hospital who unsuccessfully tried to gain access to Brock’s home.

“The two women in question misused the hospital’s name.

“Should a home visit by a representative from the hospital ever prove necessary, due to special circumstances, an appointment will always be set up with the family prior to such visit.

Should any member of the public encounter a similar incident, we strongly urge them to please contact the relevant SAPS,” she said.

Anyone with information that can assist police should call Alexandra Road police station at 033 845 7700 or crime stop on 086 001 0111.

• Siyathemba.Ben@media24.com

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