Nurse warned for letting patient hoard excrement under bed
A SENIOR nurse has been cautioned for not instructing her staff to bathe a female patient with mental health problems who stored her own excrement under duvet and wardrobe.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council gave ward manager Charlotte Proctor – who was at the time of the offences working for NHS Notts Healthcare – a two year caution.
Her hearing, which finished yesterday, focused on the care a young female patient with obsessive compulsive disorder who is named in the paperwork as ‘patient A’.
The medical council heard that staff were “shocked” when they found “faeces hidden underneath the wardrobe” and “under the duvet”.
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The midwifery council heard evidence from Patient A’s mum who described the smell on entering her bedroom as “horrendous” and that it “made her gag”.
A report of the hearing penned by the Nursing and Midwifery Council said of Ms Proctor: “You as the ward manager were responsible for the poor level of overall care that was provided to patient A.
“The state of Patient A’s room and the smell of Patient A would have been noticeable to staff yet no action was taken by you to ensure the correct level of care was being provided.”
A spokesman for NHS Notts Healthcare said it would not comment on the case because Ms Proctor left the trust in early February.