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Nurse struck off at troubled care home Uplands in Maisemore

By The Citizen  |  Posted: October 10, 2013


CARE home nurse Barbara Hill, who ignored a fallen resident's plea for a doctor, must never work again, the nursing watchdog has ruled.

Hill, who was suspended earlier this year after being found guilty of misconduct by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, had not shown remorse for the incident, a hearing found.

The elderly resident with dementia involved in the incident was found unconscious in bed the following morning.

Hill didn't call a doctor, nor check up on her properly when she was working at the now closed Uplands Nursing and Residential Home in Maisemore.

Shortly afterwards, the Care Quality Commission swooped and Gloucestershire County Council pulled all its funded residents out because over concerns at the way they were being treated there.

At the conduct and competence committee hearing, Hill's interim suspension made early this year was extended so that she was struck off.

The latest hearing on October 2 was told she had retired in 2010 after the incident and, in August this year, she even told the NMC she wasn't up to the job anymore.

She registered as a nurse in 1958.

"The panel noted that Mrs Hill has indicated that she has not practised since 2010 and was of the view that she represents a risk of harm to the public," the panel found.

"The panel noted that Mrs Hill has not shown remorse for her misconduct nor has she completed any retraining.

"Further Mrs Hill has not demonstrated any insight into her misconduct.

"The panel was of the view that considerable evidence would be required to show that Mrs Hill no longer posed a risk to the public and considered that this would be difficult for her to provide as she retired in December 2010."

The original hearing into her misconduct was told the resident was found on the floor by a care assistant during the evening of October 21, 2010.

Hill didn't call a doctor although the resident asked, but the resident was taken to hospital when she was found unconscious in bed the next morning.

Hill admitted not taking her blood pressure, but did check her pulse.

Despite the resident's dementia and the fact that a nurse should not call a doctor in all cases, the panel found that there was an obligation on Hill to call a doctor.

Care Quality Commission inspectors visited the home in November 2010 and had such "major concerns" about safety that it was not allowed to reopen.

Another care home, Deanwood Lodge, opened at the site last year and it is not connected to the former Uplands Nursing and Residential Home.

At the last hearing the panel said it had to take action to prevent her from practising in the future, should she change her mind, so imposed a striking-off order.

It will come into effect upon the expiry of the current suspension order on November 6.

She may appeal the decision within 28 days.

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