'Nurse Failed Patient'

Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England), December 18, 2003 | Go to article overview
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'Nurse Failed Patient'

Byline: Helen Sturdy

A cancer patient with just hours to live was left in a critical condition when a North Yorkshire nurse failed to spot crucial post-operative symptoms.

A professional conduct hearing was told Gillian Simpson also took painkillers from Northallerton's Friarage Hospital for her own use.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council heard how the 40-year-old did not get help for her 68-year-old patient when he began passing dangerously low levels of urine following surgery on a broken arm.

The patient eventually suffered renal failure from a massive fluid overload after she failed to call for help during a night shift on Allen Ward, an orthopaedic unit at the hospital, the hearing was told.

Colleagues who arrived for the morning shift found the man in a serious condition - and he died later that day on January 14, 2001.

Although Simpson, from Northallerton, is not being held responsible for the death, she is accused of failing in her duty to the critically ill man.

David Glendinning, for the NMC, said the nurse had been responsible for caring for the patient when he returned to the ward from the operating theatre on January 13, a day before his death.

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