Former manager of Crawley care home accused of shredding records

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  • Former manager of Orchid View Care Home set to appear at hearing
  • Nirmala Read will answer seven misconduct charges

A former manager of Orchid View Care Home who allegedly asked a colleague to shred a patient’s records is facing a disciplinary hearing.

Nirmala Read, who worked at the Copthorne home between August 2009 and June 2010, faces a string of charges relating to her alleged misconduct.

The home, which was run by Southern Cross, closed down in 2011.

Ms Read will answer seven misconduct charges at a Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing starting today (October 20), including on April 30, 2010, when she allegedly asked a colleague to shred a patient’s medical administration record (MAR) chart before the patient was admitted to hospital.

A third charge outlined by the NMC states Ms Read allegedly ‘attempted to conceal that the MAR chart suggested that a Warfarin overdose had been administered to a resident’.

On April 30, it is alleged Ms Read completed a handwritten MAR chart for the resident, to replace the one she instructed her colleague to shred, with the ‘intention of misleading the admitting hospital as to the amount of Warfarin administered’.

The charges also state Ms Read ‘on an unknown date in 2010, but prior to 12 April 2010, instructed Colleague A to administer medication to Resident B when she was not qualified to do so’.

Ms Read has also been accused of instructing a colleague to complete a care plan for the resident, between April 1 2010 and May 30, 2010, despite another colleague not having direct knowledge of the care given to the resident.

The charges state: “Your conduct described within charge 6 was dishonest, in that it constituted an attempt to conceal the fact that care plan documentation had not been completed for a period between 1 April 2010 and 30 May 2010.”

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