A disciplinary hearing has been told that the manager of a care home in Sussex tried to cover up evidence that an elderly patient - who later died - was given a drug overdose.
Patient Jean Halfpenny was a resident at the Orchid View home in Copthorne when she received three times the correct amount of Warfarin in her blood. She later died from a stroke at a nearby hospital.
The manager at the time, Nirmala Read, is alleged to have told a colleague to shred Mrs Halfpenny's medical records, before falsifying new ones. Nirmala Read who faces a total of seven charges has denied the allegations previously. Her conduct is being scrutinised by The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in London. Malcolm Shaw reports.
The hearing continues.
In the past week the Care Quality Commission has published further reports on the quality of care provided by adult social care services across the South of England.
Under CQC’s new programme of inspections, all of England’s adult social care services regulated by CQC, are being given a rating according to whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led.
Reports have been published on the following care homes:
- Dane House Care Home - Brighton and Hove
- Oxford House Community Care - Buckinghamshire
- Caremark (Eastbourne & Wealden) - East Sussex
- Brendoncare Alton - Hampshire
- Kents Oak Rest Home - Hampshire
- Maypole Nursing Centre - Hampshire
- Hartwood House - Hampshire
- Westbury House Nursing Home - Hampshire
A decision is due to be made today on whether four care homes in Hampshire will remain open. Up to 100 elderly people - some with dementia -will need to be re-homed if the sites in Petersfield, Basingstoke, Romsey and Lyndhurst are shut.
The county council says it would cost too much to bring them up to modern standards.
Video. Up to 100 elderly people are facing a major upheaval with the proposed closure of four care homes. Hampshire County Council is looking at plans to shut homes at Basingstoke, Petersfield, Romsey and Lyndhurst in a move to help balance the books.
But anxious relatives fear the disruption might be too much for some of the residents. Heather Edwards reports.
Up to a hundred elderly people may need to be re-homed if four care homes are shut by Hampshire County Council.
Deeside Care Home in Basingstoke could be closed under the council's new proposals.
A pubic meeting in Petersfield will be held this evening to protest against the plans to close Bulmer House care home in the town.
We spoke to Dilys Lownsborough who is campaigning against the closure of the homes.