Disciplinary hearings for Sunderland nurses

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A WEARSIDE nurse is to face a disciplinary hearing for allegedly giving a powerful sedative to a patient by mistake.

Thembeka Rachel Deyi, from Sunderland, is charged with administering Lorazepam to a patient, which had not been prescribed.

It is also alleged she failed to make an “adequate record” of having done so.

The drug is used for short-term treatment of anxiety, insomnia, acute seizures and sedation of hospitalised patients.

The incident is alleged to have happened while she was working for Lindisfarne House Care Homes, on March 30, 2009.

The 45-year-old registered adult and mental health nurse is also said to have received a caution at Peterlee Police Station, for supplying a controlled drug to another person.

The two-day conduct and competence committee, overseen by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), is expected to start tomorrow in London.

In a separate case, mental health nurse William Desmond Garner, from Grangetown, Sunderland, is this week facing a disciplinary hearing over alleged concerns about his “skill and judgement.”

The 63-year-old is accused of with failing to demonstrate the standards of knowledge, skill and judgement required to practise without supervision.

The incident is said to have happened while he was employed at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.

The four-day hearing in Newcastle is expected to come to an end on Friday.

The NMC has powers to issue official warnings or suspend nurses and midwives which it feels have been guilty of poor standards or care or misconduct.

It can also have members of staff stuck-off the medical register in extreme cases.