Nurse ‘told to leave patient covered in vomit’

Lola Nelson is accused of gross misconduct. Picture: Central News
Lola Nelson is accused of gross misconduct. Picture: Central News
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A NURSE told a colleague not to worry and “have a cuppa” after finding a patient covered in vomit, a tribunal has heard.

Lola Nelson allegedly grabbed the man’s hands and shook him, telling him to “stop your nonsense”.

Colleague Barbara Bellon was working with Nelson at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital at the time of the alleged incident in February 2010.

Giving evidence via video link, Miss Bellon told the Nursing and Midwifery Council she was recalls the event clearly even though it had happened more than four years ago.

She said: “I was shocked, he [the patient] was dizzy and covered in vomit.

“I wanted to clean him and help him but I could not manage because he was weak.”

Miss Bellon said when Nelson saw the man she told her they would deal with him later.

She said: “Don’t worry, let’s go to the staff room and have a cuppa, afterwards we will put people to bed, he will be the first one.”

Miss Bellon said she saw Nelson take the patient’s hands and shake them, telling him to “stop your nonsense and stop your drama”.

Teresa Harrison, representing Nelson, argued that what Miss Bellon had described had not taken place.

She said: “Miss Nelson was not shaking patient A at all, was she?

“She did not shake him and she says that she absolutely would not shake a patient.”

Miss Bellon replied: “If I was not in the position I would say the same but I saw it.”

Nelson is also accused of failing to carry out observations on a second patient that she found collapsed on the floor, or to call a doctor to have the patient assessed, in May 2010.

Further charges against her include leaving the ward unattended for three hours, leaving out unmarked cups containing sleeping medication and failing to act when told the wrong patient might have taken the drug.

Nelson is also accused of exposing a patient by leaving curtains open during a dressing, failing to use a blood pressure machine correctly and giving out unprescribed eye drops.

She is also accused of sleeping while on duty and taking a cream belonging to the ward for her personal use.

Nelson admits the charge of asking nursing auxiliaries to hand out unidentifiable medication, but denies all other allegations against her.

The hearing continues.