A nurse put a patient's glass eye in a cup of Coca-Cola to give to a colleague as a practical joke, a disciplinary panel heard yesterday.
Christine Mitchelson, 53, is also accused of drawing a face on another patient's hernia and of making racist remarks about Filipina nurses.
The nurse, from Newcastle upon Tyne, has denied 12 allegations of misconduct which are being heard by the Nursing and Midwifery Council's conduct and competence committee.
Committee members decided to hold the hearing in London in Mitchelson's absence after hearing she had declined to attend, citing ill health.
The allegations against the nurse date from between late 2001 …