Nurse’s patient ‘behaving normally’ in Sunderland hospital

Nurse Norma Murwira

Nurse Norma Murwira

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A PSYCHIATRIC patient was “behaving normally” when a nurse threatened to have him pinned down and injected with his medication, a hearing was told.

Nurse Norma Murwira had snapped at the man after he politely asked for his prescription drugs, telling him he would have them when she was “good and ready”, the Nursing and Midwifery Council in London heard.

After the man, referred to as Patient B, interrupted as she was speaking to another patient, Murwira allegedly told him: “If you don’t shut up, I’ll have you dragged into another room, restrained, pinned down and I’ll inject you.”

Care assistant Anthony Chambers said the patient initially “could be quite in your face” but “started to become as normal as he could”.

“He was behaving as normal as you or I, and he was ready for discharge,” he said.

Murwira was working at Cherry Knowle Hospital in Ryhope at the time of the alleged incident in 2007.

She is also said to have failed to tell her agency, Nursing Personnel, after she was suspended from South of Tyne and Wearside Mental NHS Trust a week later.

Murwira admits a separate incident in which she stopped a patient from entering Sunderland Royal Hospital by blocking his taxi with her car. She denies telling the patient’s daughter that she was “behaving like a victim”.

She admits telling Patient B that he could have his medication when she was “good and ready”, and threatening to have him dragged to another room, restrained, pinned down and injected.

She admits failing to inform the agency that she had been suspended but denies she was dishonest.

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