Nurse left patients in pain

High Peak Lodge Care Home
High Peak Lodge Care Home

A NURSE has been struck off after failing to properly examine a vulnerable resident after a fall at a Wigan care home.

Claire Lawanson Oke has been struck off after a Nurse and Midwifery Council panel established that she had failed to take appropriate action following the fall of an 89-year-old woman at High Peak Lodge in Leigh.

The panel found that during a nightshift in January 2014, Ms Lawanson Oke failed to examine resident A and didn’t contact a GP or the emergency services after the fall.

The next morning, another nurse found the resident complaining of pain and it was discovered she had sustained a fracture to the neck of her right femur.

Ms Lawanson Oke was dismissed from the care home and referred to the NMC but went on to work at another home in Lancashire without informing them of her dismissal. She was again reported to the NMC after failing to take appropriate action after concerns were raised about a resident’s arm.

The panel found she had not adequately examined a 92-year-old quadriplegic at Beenstock Home after health assistants informed her that her arm had ‘gone floppy’ during a nightshift in April 2014.

Ms Lawanson Oke also failed to inform the nurse who took over from her in the morning about the concerns for resident B’s arm and later changed the handover notes retrospectively. Later that day, it was found that the resident had suffered a complicated fracture to her right humerus.

A report from the hearing reads: “Your failures involved two vulnerable residents who must have suffered some harm following the delay caused by your omissions in identifying and reporting the seriousness and extent of their respective injuries.”

It concluded that her actions amounted to serious misconduct particularly considering the vulnerability of the residents and her dishonesty.

A spokesman for High Peak Lodge said: “The health and well-being of the people we support is our number one priority and we will always act to protect their best interests. Following concerns identified about the individual’s performance and a subsequent disciplinary hearing, the decision was taken to dismiss this individual.

“This was referred to the NMC at the time.”