OAP suffered in final days at failing home

PROBLEM CARE HOME  ... St Michael's View.
PROBLEM CARE HOME ... St Michael's View.

A RESIDENT at a troubled care home in South Tyneside was left to suffer in the final days of her life after a nurse failed to give her any pain relief, a hearing was told.

Jacqueline Collins did not give the elderly woman pain killers or contact a GP and there was no ‘End of Life’ care plan for the resident at the St Michael’s View Care Home, in Westoe, South Shields, a Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing heard yesterday.

On August 28, 2012, five days before the woman passed away, a GP had visited and noted she was “not eating or drinking and had had an episode of vomiting the night before” but did not think the patient was suitable for admission to hospital.

During August 25 and 26, Collins signed off patient notes but did not contact a GP or emergency services as the patient’s condition deteriorated.

Monika Sobeicki, for the NMC, said: “It is alleged that during that day the registrant did not identify that there was no End of Life care plan as required.

“She also did not give pain-relief medication or inform appropriately the GP or the home manager despite recording: ‘’Put on hourly observations. Vomited coffee at 15.30. Carer sitting with Resident A as she becomes distressed if left alone. Staff to remain at bedside’.”

Ms Sobeicki added: “At the end of the shift she handed over to another nurse who had to make a phone call to a GP later that night, which resulted in a 999 call to emergency services close to midnight.

“Paramedics could not get the necessary details of the patient. Resident A was later discharged from hospital and went back to the home, and she passed away on August 28.” The
tribunal heard an investigation was launched by South Tyneside Council which found evidence of neglect and Collins was dismissed in October 2012.

She appealed, but the decision was upheld two months later.

Collins is also charged with not carrying out basic tests such as blood pressure check or taking a pulse of the resident and not recording them.

She also allegedly neglected to record detailed information about the resident’s condition, the care provided or decisions taken in their medical records.

Collins denies all the charges. If found guilty of misconduct, she could face suspension or being struck from the nursing register.

Last month, a Serious Case Review into the death of Joyce Wordingham, 81, at the home in February 2010, when it was run by the no-wdefunct Southern Cross found systemic failings in the way it was managed

The home is now closed.

* The hearing continues.

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