A NURSE at a scandal-hit care home in South Tyneside failed to tell a senior member of staff when an elderly resident began choking, a medical tribunal heard.
Gillian Johnson was on duty at St Michael’s View Nursing Home in Westoe, South Shields, when the elderly man began having swallowing difficulties.
Although the resident, who had been treated in the past for issues with diet and swallowing, suffered no harm – it should have been reported.
Johnson also failed to maintain adequate medical records about a second resident being treated at the home, a misconduct and competence panel of the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.
Yesterday, the nurse, who now works for the South Tyneside NHS Trust on an orthopaedic ward, was given a six-month conditions of practice order after admitting all charges against her.
It means the mum-of-three must undergo training in record keeping and patient swallowing by the time the order expires.
St Michael’s View was at the centre of a police investigation into the deaths of 16 residents in 2010.
The panel were told yesterday that Johnson admitted all the charges against her and her fitness to practice was impaired by reason of her misconduct.
The hearing heard Johnson had “reflected” on the tragic events at the home – although she played no part in the care called into question regarding the deaths.
Martyn Griffiths, NMC panel chairman, said Johnson had shown remorse for her actions and that “remedial” steps had since been taken to make sure they did not happen again.
He said that apart from this case, Johnson had an “unblemished” 35-year career.
The choking incident happened on June 3, 2009.
The second incident occurred in February 2010 and involved an elderly man who needed turning every four hours.
Johnson failed to carry out adequate observations and record keeping on him.
Last week Sonia Pharoah, a manager at St Michael’s was struck off for failures at the home, run at the time by Southern Cross.
It has since been taken over by Countrywide Care who, earlier this month, announced it is to close.