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Greenfield care home owner sorry for drug mix up fatality

Published date: 19 August 2014 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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THE owner of a care home where a pensioner died days after being given the wrong medication said she “significantly regrets” the blunder.

Gwen Cartlidge, 89, was given the wrong tablets at Morfa Newydd Nursing Home in Greenfield just two days after arriving there in October 2011.

She died two days later.

Last week a tribunal heard Hazel Gillian Stears, the nurse-in-charge when the mix-up occurred, was not responsible for administering the wrong medication but given a 12-months caution order for acting inappropriately following the mistake.

She was not struck off as Mrs Cartlidge’s son Terry Cartlidge, of Tan y Bryn, Greenfield, had hoped.

He said he felt “let down by the whole system” after the verdict, adding “we will be taking this further”.

Ms Stears is still employed by Morfa Newydd but is currently on “long-term sickness”, care home owner Andrea Dermott said yesterday.

“We would like to offer our deepest condolences,” she told the Leader in a statement.

“We significantly regret the wrong medication was given on this occasion.

“The nurse in question failed to live up to the high expectation we expect from all of our staff.

“We have reviewed our procedure to insure that nothing similar can happen again.”

A three-person panel in Cardiff last week ruled that, after the wrong medication was given to Mrs Cartlidge, Ms Stears failed to tell the pensioner’s family and GP and did not record the mistake in the patient’s care notes.

The actions amounted to misconduct and her fitness to practise was impaired as a result.

They decided against banning Ms Stears, who it was heard had an otherwise “unblemished” career record.

NMC panel chair Naseem Malik instead issued a caution order, which will stay on Ms Stears' professional record for the next 12 months.

When speaking to the Leader previously, Mr Cartlidge said he wanted to see Ms Shears struck off “at the very least”.

“I’m disgusted by the outcome,” said the 68-year-old, who had also cared for his mother for 20 years.

“I just can’t believe it. I didn’t want her to go into a care home in the first place.I feel like I have been let down by the whole system.”

Ms Malik said during the hearing: “The panel determined that a caution order was a fair and proportionate response. A caution order... sends a clear message to the public and the profession that such behaviour is not tolerated.

“It was not in the public interest to restrict Ms Stears’ practice.”

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