Glasgow & West Scotland

'Misconduct' nurse Stella Nthinya cleared to work

Newark Care Home
Image caption The care failures took place at Newark Care Home in Port Glasgow

A nurse found guilty of misconduct over failures at an Inverclyde care home has been judged fit to continue working.

Stella Nthinya was cleared of making blunders which allegedly led to a patient's foot being amputated at Newark Care Home in Port Glasgow.

She did admit failing to give the patient an injection and not calling a doctor when the man's foot turned blue.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council also found she failed to inform a manager or provide an adequate shift handover.

The hearing in London was told that the then Southern Cross-run care home patient suffered "blue foot" and his leg had to be amputated.

Misconduct failures

He later died, although there was no evidence to suggest this was linked to Nthinya's actions.

Finding that she was fit to continue working as a nurse, panel chair Fiona Freedland said: "The panel determined that Ms Nthinya's failures collectively amount to misconduct.

"They were serious failures, constituting breaches of the elements of the code set out above; they presented a significant risk of harm to resident A.

"Ms Nthinya's action in not seeking medical assistance in the light of her observation that resident A's foot was blue and cyanosed together with her subsequent failure to pass on, at handover, appropriate verbal or written information regarding the condition of his foot led to a delay in resident A's condition being diagnosed and to his receiving the appropriate treatment and care."

The panel concluded that Nthinya's omissions had not been deliberate and that the responsibility for giving patient A his medication was not just hers.

It dismissed charges that the nurse had not given the patient his proper medication after ruling there was no case to answer due to "insufficient evidence".

The panel also assessed claims that Nthinya had doctored records to cover her tracks and thrown away the unused medicine, but this was also dismissed by the panel.

In light of the panel's findings, Nthinya is free to continue working as a nurse without restriction.

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