A nurse who refused to give a patient a blanket after he complained that he was cold faces an anxious wait over the future of her career.
Alexis Perreira, pictured below, opened the man’s window after accusing him of smoking while on duty at Eastbourne District general Hospital, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.
Greg Unwin, for the NMC, told the panel how she denied ‘patient B’ a blanket while working on the Hailsham Ward on February 22, 2008.
“This concerned Patient B who had been transferred from the intensive care unit the previous day.
He said he had been out with his family for a cigarette, and when he got back he got back into bed and fell asleep watching television,’ said Mr Unwin.
According to Patient B, the nurse accused him of smoking inside and opened the window.
He asked her for a blanket because he would be cold.
“Patient B said the registrant (Perreira) picked one up, but after a further disagreement with him where he said he wanted someone else to look after him.”
But a conduct and competence committee cleared Perreira of telling him, “You can freeze then and stay awake all night.”
The hearing will resume on a date to be confirmed next year.
If the panel finds that Perreira’s actions amounted to misconduct and that her fitness to practise is impaired, she could be kicked out of the profession.
Perreira also admitted incorrectly administering morphine to a patient while working at the DGH in 2007 and working a bank shift while signed off sick.