Two former Orchid View nurses to answer charges

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Two nurses who used to work at the scandal-hit care home Orchid View are set to answer misconduct charges at a hearing.

Orchid View in Copthorne, which was run by Southern Cross, closed its doors in 2011 after a whistle blower alerted authorities to the treatment of residents.

In 2013 West Sussex Coroner Penelope Schofield investigated the deaths of 19 residents at the care home, finding neglect contributed to the death of five people and ‘sub-optimal care’ of fourteen.

Among those who died were Wilfred Gardner, 85; John Holmes, 85; Enid Trodden, 86; Margaret Tucker, 77; and Jean Halfpenny, 77, whose medical records were found to have been falsified.

Two other nurses, Sadeo Singh and Nirmala Read, who was the manager of the home, have been struck off after misconduct charges agaist them were proved.

Two nurses who worked at the home are now set to face separate hearings by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) this month, which will determine if the nurses are fit to practise.

Samusideen Olanrewaju Ajao worked at the home between September 2010 and 2011.

He is set to attend an NMC hearing on January 6, accused of ‘failing to take appropriate action and or seek advice in relation to unattended medication found in resident B’s room when informed of this by person B’ on an unknown date in May 2011.

He is also accused, one month later, of failing to ‘promptly take appropriate action or seek advice in relation to an injury that resident B had sustained when informed of this by person B’.

Edelina Aguila was also working at Orchid View as a registered nurse in 2011 and is set to answer two misconduct charges at a hearing schedule for January 12.

She is accused of providing ‘inadequate care’ to a resident, allegedly attempting to administer only one medication patch to the resident when two were needed.

She is also accused of moving another resident using ‘inappropriate’ handling techniques including grabbing him by the hand to swing him around.

The former manager of the care home, Nirmala Read, was struck off in October 2015 for covering up a resident’s overdose and shredding evidence.

Sadeo Singh had been charged with five offences between November 2009 and April 2010.

He was charged with five offences and struck off the register in November 2015 after the panel found he was ‘reluctant’ to remediate his misconduct – pulling a resident out of a wheelchair by her wrists and ‘failing’ to help a resident in pain who he branded ‘attention seeking.

The care home has since reopened under new management.

A Serious Case Review which looked at care at the home made 30 recommendations to reduce the likelihood of any substandard care at other homes.

West Sussex County Council has introduced an online system to share information about the quality of care services, developed a system to provide information to the public when safeguarding concerns are raised and created public awareness campaigns about choosing care and how to raise concerns

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