Intensive care nurse’s car window smashed in as she finishes 72-hour week


A frontline NHS worker was left devastated after finding her car had been broken into as she finished her sixth night shift of the week. Sarne Mawby, 56, had left her vehicle in the staff car park at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. She had worked a 72-hour week, including an extra shift transporting seriously ill children from the Royal Stoke University Hospital to Birmingham. When she returned to the car on Tuesday morning she found the driver’s window had been smashed in. The culprit also stole some loose change and store loyalty cards from the inside of the car which was covered in shattered glass. The nurse has been working around the clock taking care of adults in intensive care during the pandemic at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Sarne, who lives in Stoke-on-Trent, said: ‘I worked every night from Wednesday last week. I finished work at 8am and went to my car to find the window had been smashed.

‘It was completely shattered and there was glass everywhere. The car park was only for staff and parents. I was in so much shock, I didn’t know what to do. ‘I work with ambulance drivers and they cleared what glass they could from the car. I drove back to Stoke with no window in. I was a doing an extra shift because we haven’t been able to cover the rota. ‘I just couldn’t believe it, I was so upset. People are being so kind at the hospital and taking things in for the staff and then someone does this.’ Following the incident, on her only day off, she had to borrow her partner’s car so she could go shopping for her elderly parents and arrange for her window to be repaired. She said: ‘I’m so upset. I do a job I love, I get paid for it, I’m doing extra shifts so I’m not short of money. It’s not about that.

‘Since I posted about what happened on Facebook I’ve had lots of lovely comments and offers of help but that’s not me, that’s not what I wanted. I just feel so hurt. ‘I must be naïve because I just didn’t think anyone would do this, especially when they saw my grandchildren’s car seats in the back seat. ‘My youngest grandchild is less than two weeks old and I haven’t been able to give him a cuddle yet or help my daughter because of what’s going on. I’ve got elderly parents and I’m working as hard as I can to help people, then something like this happens.’