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October 10, 2014

GEORGE: MIDWIFE WHO THREATENED COLLEAGUES AND CALLED ONE A DEVIL FACES ANXIOUS WAIT

CROYDON A midwife who allegedly threatened her colleagues and called one a ‘devil’ faces an anxious wait over the future of her career. Paulina George was abusive at Croydon University Hospital and put a pregnant woman and her unborn child at risk when she failed to warn colleagues of her high temperature, it is claimed. Colleague Belinda Barrett told the Nursing and Midwifery Council she asked George to cover for another worker taking lunch break. George allegedly refused, saying she was 'doing IVs' telling Ms Barrett: 'Get out of my face, you're a devil.'
  October 10, 2014

CURSON: NURSE WHO FANTASISED ABOUT COLLEAGUE IN HER PANTIES IS STRUCK OFF

BLACKBURN, LANCS. A nurse who used Facebook to tell a colleague he was fantasising about her in 'small panties and bras' was struck off. Andrew Curson posted other comments such as: 'I'm sure you'll be good to look at, u in the sun, dressed scantily lol.' Curson filmed one woman's breasts during an aggression management course he ran at the Royal Blackburn Hospital, Lancashire, it is said. On another occasion he patted one colleague on the bottom and whispered in her ear 'good girl,' the Nursing and Midwifery Council was told.
 
October 09, 2014

WATKINSON: NURSE WHO PINNED DOWN A PATIENT AND FORCE FED HER DRUGS IS STRUCK OFF

NOTTINGHAM A nurse who pinned down a patient to force feed her drugs medication has been struck off. Susan Watkinson used 'significant force' to hold down the dementia sufferer before covering the woman's mouth. Watkinson ignored pleas from the patient and said 'well choke then' in front of a horrified colleague at Bassetlaw General Hospital, Worksop, Notts. She was convicted at Mansfield and Worksop Magistrates Court of assault by beating and given a two month sentence, suspended for a year.
  October 09, 2014

MCDOWALL-PHILLIPS: NURSE ESCAPES BAN FOR CALLING PATIENT AN 'OLD C***'

LEEDS/TAUNTON A care home nurse who told a patient with severe dementia 'f**k off, you old c**t' has escaped a ban from the profession. Beatrice McDowall-Phillips said about another patient 'If she won't take her tablets I don't care if she dies' at the Ashlands Care home in Leeds. She called the patient with Alzheimer's disease an 'old c*** after he called her a black c****,' the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. Nurse Tracey Lilley explained: 'The patient would shout and swear at everyone from moment to moment, calling us names like 'black b*stard'.' 'He even called me that and I'm white.'
 
October 08, 2014

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ABIDOYE: MIDWIFE LEFT WOMAN IN LABOUR PRAYING FOR HELP AFTER ABYSMAL TREATMENT

CHELSEA, WEST LONDON A midwife who left a woman in labour praying for help after her 'abominable' treatment blamed her Nigerian culture today (Weds). Olunfunke Abidoye 'barked orders' at the patient as she struggled to give birth at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in west London. The patient complained to the manager of the birthing unit and said her experience with Abidoye was 'abominable'. 'In my mind I was praying someone would come and help. I hope you still remember how I beg (sic) you to stay and help me,' the letter stated.
  October 07, 2014

CURSON:NURSE FANTACISED ABOUT COLLEAGUE IN 'SMALL PANTIES'

BLACKBURN, LANCS A nurse used Facebook to tell a colleague he was fanaticising about her in 'small panties and bras', a tribunal heard today (tues). Andrew Curson posted other comments such as: 'I'm sure you'll be good to look at, u in the sun, dressed scantily lol.' Curson filmed one woman's breasts during an aggression management course he ran at the Royal Blackburn Hospital, Lancashire, it is said. On another occasion he patted one colleague on the bottom and whispered in her ear 'good girl,' the Nursing and Midwifery Council was told.
 
October 07, 2014

CHAWIRA:NURSE ASKED BOSS TO REWRITE REFERENCE

NORWICH A nurse who asked his boss to rewrite a reference without 'the two complaints recorded against me' has been struck off. Shadreck Chawira requested the manager 'reiterate the other details that work in my best interests if possible' when looking for a new job, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. The uncaring health worker later took an hour-long lunch break so that he could grab a hot meal, instead of caring for a patient who was rushed to intensive care. Chawira further incensed colleagues at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital when he told an inquisitive colleague - 'He's my patient, not yours.'
  October 07, 2014

BRADLEY:BAN FOR NURSE WHO THREATENED TO FLATTEN PATIENT

OLDHAM, LANCS A nurse who threatened to 'flatten' a patient for wandering around has been suspended for six months. Patrick Bradley told the man: 'If you come back to Southside I'll flatten you' at Parklands House, Royal Oldham Hospital, Lancs. Bradley was described at the Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing as 'intimidating' and aggressive towards patients. Parklands House is a mental health building made up of two wards - Northside and Southside - between which patients freely wander as only a swing door separates them.
 
October 07, 2014

DOWNES: NURSE TOLD PATIENT SHE HAD BAD BREATH

HORNCASTLE, LINCS A nurse accused of neglecting care home residents called one a 'fat lump' and told another: 'Your breath is disgusting, don't breath on me.' Christine Downes allegedly made rude comments about pensioners' weight and said one elderly woman had 'floppy boobs'. Downes also forced a set of dentures into a resident's mouth and held it shut, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. She faces a series of charges, dating from between 22 June 2010 and February 2013, including leaving a resident 'swimming in urine' at the Tanglewood Care Home in Horncastle, Lincs.
  October 07, 2014

MCDOWALL-PHILLIPS: NURSE'S FOUR LETTER ABUSE OF MENTALLY ILL PATIENT

LEEDS A care home nurse called a dementia sufferer an 'old c**t' and tried to force feed him medication, a tribunal heard. Beatrice McDowall-Phillips allegedly subjected the elderly man to a tirade of abuse after he refused to take his prescription at Ashlands Care Home in Leeds. The vulnerable patient would frequently swear at staff because he suffered from Alzheimer's disease, the hearing was told. Nurse Tracey Lilley told the Nursing and Midwifery Council panel: 'He (the patient) would shout and swear at everyone from moment to moment, calling us names like 'black b*stard'.
 
October 06, 2014

FREEMAN: NURSE STARTED SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH PATIENT AFTER MEETING UP FOR COFFEE AND LONG WALKS

SHROPSHIRE; STAFFORDSHIRE A nurse began a sexual relationship with a patient after meeting up with her for coffee and taking her on long walks, a hearing was told. Marc Freeman joined the woman on romantic strolls while treating her at the South Staffs and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Freeman told the woman he would continue to 'support' her if she left the Substance Misuse Service and they began a seven month affair from July 2012. But the patient eventually confided in one of Freeman's colleague's about the relationship.
  October 06, 2014

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BAN FOR NURSE WHO BREATHED ON BABY AND SAID HE WAS 'BETTER OFF DEAD'

COVENTRY A nurse who breathed on a critically ill baby boy while she was suffering from a throat infection and said he was 'better off dead' has been struck off. Claire Orton giggled after exhaling onto the 'extremely poorly' infant's face at University Hospital, Coventry, Warwickshire, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. Orton was being investigated by Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust over a separate incident five months earlier when the complaint involving 'Baby B' came to light. Colleague Daniel Top said a number of nurses were talking about when the newborn baby's care should be withdrawn while they were in the staff room on 27 December 2012.

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