Nurse Grabbed Patient by the Throat, Conduct Hearing Is Told
Byline: By Rhiannon Beacham
A nurse allegedly assaulted patients on nine occasions, putting a pillow over one of their faces, saying 'It's about time she went anyway', a professional conduct hearing was told yesterday. Edgar Timoteo Aguilar, who was a registered nurse at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, faces 12 charges, including nine of assault, as well as inappropriately tending to a patient, using medical equipment without relevant training and threatening a patient.
The assault charges include slapping a patient with a urine-soaked incontinence pad, putting his hand around another's throat, punching one's hand repeatedly and performing a rugby-type kick just centimetres from a patient's nose.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council's Professional Conduct and Competence Panel, sitting in Cardiff yesterday, heard the alleged incidents happened between January and August 2003 when Aguilar, 35, from West Wales, was employed by Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust as a staff nurse on a general medical ward.
Mandy Bevan, a staff nurse who worked on the ward with Aguilar, told the panel she had asked to work with him because 'he was very good as a mentor'.
But she said her first cause for concern came when she was helping Aguilar change the pyjama top of a frail patient with dementia.
'As we took his pyjama top off, the patient grabbed at Edgar's plastic apron and pulled at it,' she said, adding, 'He usually did that, it was nothing new.
'But Edgar grabbed his hand and punched it a number of times. I can only imagine the force used because the patient's hand went red almost immediately.'
She said, 'I felt quite appalled. It sickened me.'
Miss Bevan said that on another occasion she was helping Aguilar change a patient who had soiled herself. The elderly woman needed a pillow to prop her up on one side, she said. …