A nurse is being investigated after allegations that a care home patient was hospitalised when she allegedly ordered a junior staff member to administer medicine he was not prescribed, a report said.
A report released by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) after a hearing into the alleged incident held last month (November 18) said an unnamed patient at Hailsham House Nursing Home in Hellingly was allegedly given a strong painkiller which caused him to become unresponsive.
The report released after the hearing said mental health nurse Faustina Aziiba is accused of allegedly directing ‘a junior member of staff to administer the Fentanyl patch to the patient in question’ and of being ‘dishonest both in denying that she had directed administration and in asking a junior colleague to alter their statement in order to support her account.’
The panel heard how the incident allegedly took place in June this year, the report said.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing report said, “On that date a patient was found in an unresponsive state in the early hours of the morning. The patient was found to have an analgesic Fentanyl patch on his body, a medication that had not been prescribed to him. The patient was hospitalised for several days as a result of the maladministration of this medication. The panel noted from the report of East Sussex County Council Adult Social Care that the patient “scored around 7 on the Glasgow Coma Scale, which is considerably severe”.
Miss Aziiba, who was not represented, and the hearing went ahead in her absence, is no longer working at the home after an internal inquiry, the report said.
The report said, “An internal investigation [at the home] was conducted and that investigation found that Miss Aziiba had directed a junior member of staff to administer the Fentanyl patch to the patient in question.
“The investigation also found that Miss Aziiba had been dishonest both in denying that she had directed administration of the Fentanyl patch, and in asking a junior colleague to alter their statement in order to support her account.”
Miss Aziiba was dismissed by the home, the report said.
The panel ruled the hearing would go ahead without Miss Aziiba because the ‘public interest outweighed concerns over any prejudice caused to Miss Aziiba by not being present’, the report said.
Miss Aziiba was given an interim suspension order for 18 months to allow the NMC to conduct a full investigation and bring the case to conclusion.