Nurse accused of elder abuse at a Rosegrove care home

CARE HOME: The Grove Care Home in Owen Street, Rosegrove
CARE HOME: The Grove Care Home in Owen Street, Rosegrove

A NURSE who threw a wheelchair-bound pensioner out of a care home in just her nightdress as punishment for banging on a chair faces an anxious wait to see if she can continue to practice.

Bilquees Akhtar, who worked at the Grove Care Home in Owen Street, Rosegrove, faced a Nursing and Midwifery Council tribunal. After three days’ of evidence, the hearing was adjourned until May 20th when the council will give its decision on the allegations.

The hearing in London was told that Akhtar shouted at a suspected stroke patient for not taking his pills and tried to ram them down his throat. And that she branded one resident’s husband “a pig” and was routinely rude about her colleagues.

Jessica Holmes (for the Nursing and Midwifery Council) said: “The registrant (Akhtar) was overheard shouting at a resident because she had been heard banging on her chair. As a result the registrant wheeled her outside in her night clothes and left her there to cool off as a punishment.”

In another incident the nurse was called to treat an elderly man suspected to be suffering from a stroke.

Miss Holmes said: “His speech was slurred and he was incredibly upset. The registrant tried to administer medication having not referred to the medication chart. The resident spat out the medication she had attempted to give him on a number of occasions, but she continued to try and put this medication into his mouth shouting at him to take it.

“The resident was later rushed to hospital by paramedics.”

She also shouted “very close to the face” of another resident, described as confused and vulnerable, who had tried to hide her pills under her leg.

Akhtar was sacked from The Grove Care Home in January 2011 after staff wrote a joint letter complaining about her behaviour.

Her colleagues at the 38-bed home for mentally ill and disabled residents accused her of routinely abusing them as well as bullying residents.

The nurse is also accused of serious clinical errors, including making a patient wait five minutes for crucial first aid because she did not know whether there was a “do not resuscitate” order in place. She also failed to carry out checks on a diabetic patient who later had to be rushed to hospital with low blood sugar, and carried out her drugs round without referring to the chart, claiming it did not matter as she had a good memory.

The nurse did not attend the hearing, which could see her dismissed from the profession if the panel find her guilty of misconduct.

She entered no pleas to the charges, but claimed in her internal disciplinary that the allegations were motivated by racial prejudice.