‘My career is in ruins’ – South Shields carer cleared of attacking elderly resident

Ruby Romero has been dismissed  from Oakdale Lodge for allegedly attacking a pensioner. Police have said she is innocent, but she still lost her role. Ruby with her statement and husband Alfie
Ruby Romero has been dismissed from Oakdale Lodge for allegedly attacking a pensioner. Police have said she is innocent, but she still lost her role. Ruby with her statement and husband Alfie

A CARE home worker has told how her career is in ruins after she was accused of attacking an elderly resident – even though she was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Ruby Romero’s says her name has been stained after she was branded an abuser – and she is still fighting to have the incident removed from her criminal records check details.

Oakdale Lodge, Stanley Street, South Shields

Oakdale Lodge, Stanley Street, South Shields

Today her husband Alfredo said: “It’s a disgrace. My wife has done nothing wrong. This ordeal has been terrible for her.”

Ruby had worked at Oakdale Lodge, in South Shields, for just over a year when, in early December, she was accused of assault by the resident.

The man claimed Mrs Romero, 39, had kicked him on the shin.

She was suspended pending an inquiry, and the police were involved, though officers subsequently said they were satisfied that no assault had taken place.

But Mrs Romero, who moved to the UK from the Philippines five years ago after marrying husband Alfredo, still lost her job, and says her nightmare has continued as she struggles to find new work.

The allegation is still on her Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and she is battling to have it removed.

A spokesman for Executive Care, which runs the home in Stanley Street, said the matter was investigated thoroughly and dealt with appropriately.

However, Mr Romero, 52, of Honeysuckle Avenue, South Shields, has vowed to clear his wife’s name and says she is being penalised despite being innocent.

He said: “I think it’s a disgrace. My wife has done nothing wrong. The police were called after the claim was made, and so was a doctor, to carry out an examination.

“There was no evidence of the person being harmed.

“But even though everyone is satisfied that nothing happened, my wife has lost her job for doing nothing. She is innocent.

“This ordeal has been terrible for her. She is a wreck. She used her wages to pay the mortgage and also send money back home to her family in the Philippines as they depended on her. We’re having a terrible time because of this unfounded allegation.”

Mrs Romero was informed she had lost her job on December 20.

The couple feel she should not have been dismissed.

Mr Romero said: “I understand that there are procedures which have to be followed but nothing happened. Surely there should have been a verbal or written warning first.

“Ruby answered all of the police questions but never got the chance to speak at a disciplinary hearing. It’s disgusting.”

Mrs Romero is now waiting for a certificate from the Government’s Disclosure and Barring Service to show that she is innocent, as the ordeal was logged on her CRB and it’s affecting her chances of a new job.

Mr Romero said: “Ruby was offered a new job elsewhere, but then the CRB checks came back and it made reference to this incident, so she ended up missing out.

“We’ve filled in all of the forms, so we’re just waiting for the certificate to come back to show that she’s innocent. She wants her name cleared.”

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “A 39-year-old woman attended South Shields police station voluntarily following an allegation of assault at Oakdale Lodge, Stanley Street, South Shields. “Following enquiries into the incident, no further police action was taken.

A spokesman for Oakdale Lodge Care Home, South Shields, said: “We treat any matter which is brought to our attention involving the care of our residents seriously, and investigate thoroughly and fairly, on a case by case basis.

“We consider that this matter was dealt with appropriately by the home, and we have no further comment to make.”

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