Nurse Put Patient's Glass Eye in Cup of Cola ( Claim

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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 was told 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 at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary 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 yesterday's 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 and early 2004.

Piers Arnold, representing the NMC, said they came to light in February, 2004, when a health care assistant named Denise Lake made a complaint. An investigation led to "numerous allegations" against Mitchelson being made by other nurses and health care assistants on her ward, he said.

Mr Arnold said the allegations could be divided into five broad categories:

* Rough and degrading treatment of patients, including deliberate assaults. …