Patient left in agony

Mahogany Nursing & Residential Care Home, Marsden Street, Newtown
Mahogany Nursing & Residential Care Home, Marsden Street, Newtown

A WIGAN care home nurse has been found guilty of misconduct after trying to re-insert a resident’s dislodged stomach feeding tube and failing to call an ambulance.

Veronica Unozor, who was not qualified to carry out the painful procedure, was given a Conditions of Practice Order by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The hearing was told how Unozor was on night duty at the Mahogany Care Home on Marsden Street, Newtown, in May 2010 when she attempted to re-insert the tube, despite not having the authority or training, and then told the resident he would get no food until morning for pulling it out.

Before the trial Unozor admitted to not calling an ambulance but denied tampering with the tube or making the remarks.

Former Mahogany care assistant Janine Brady said she saw Unozor attempt to insert the detached tube back into the patient’s abdomen, adding there was an expression of pain on the patient’s face and that Mrs Unozor ignored his protests to stop and call an ambulance. She also said she heard Mrs Unozor tell the patient he would have no food till morning for pulling out the tube.

Defending Unozor, Kathryn Walsh told the London hearing, that this was a single isolated incident and that Mrs Unozor made no attempt to cover up her actions.

The panel ruled that Mrs Unozor should be given an 18-month Conditions of Practice Order in which she must adhere to 10 conditions including notifying the NMC of work she undertakes and that she does not act as the sole nurse or nurse in charge of a shift during this period.