Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry care staff suspended after patient's visit

Two workers at a care home have been suspended after a patient with dementia became disruptive on an escorted visit.

A member of the public complained about the way the male patient from Holyhead Care Centre in Coventry was being dealt with, the home said.

The staff called West Midlands Police for assistance and the man was returned to the home, the spokesman added.

No action is being taken by police and formal statements of complaint have yet to be made, they said.

'Hitting vehicles'

Police said they had gone to Pavilion Way, Earlsdon, where the man was.

Jo Shuker, a spokeswoman for the home, said the man had disagreed with his carers about the route they were taking him home and began hitting cars and being disruptive.

"The man had no mental capacity to assess the traffic risk and was hitting vehicles with his stick and hitting out at staff," she said.

She said some patients can be unpredictable but their safety was paramount.

The suspensions are pending an investigation and happen automatically once allegations against staff are made, she added.

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