South East Wales

Nurse 'haunted' by patient treatment, tribunal hears

A nurse was left "haunted" at the treatment of patients by staff at the Princess of Wales hospital in Bridgend, an employment tribunal heard.

Glenda Rodriquez-Noza broke down in tears as she told how patients were "bullied" at the hospital.

The 42-year-old is claiming unfair dismissal on the grounds of disability discrimination.

The Cardiff tribunal was told the hospital had conducted an investigation.

Mrs Rodriquez-Noza told the she had breakdowns after being bullied because of her outspoken concerns for patients.

"I'm haunted by what I saw staff doing to patients - it was a terrible hospital to work," she told the hearing.

She added: "Why did no-one protect me when I raised the alerts?"

'Found no evidence'

Mrs Rodriquez-Noza worked at the NHS hospital for eight years before leaving in 2009 after suffering depression.

When she first raised her concerns, Mrs Rodriquez-Noza said she made several complaints which she says were not acted upon.

These included a patient with a pancreatic disorder screaming all night in acute pain and being ignored by nurses.

Another involved a patient being put into a small ward contaminated with the MRSA bug and a dementia patient being shoved around and shouted at.

She also claimed staff covered up the fact that they had mistakenly given one patient a controlled drug while denying a cancer patient the same drug.

But former head of nursing Theresa Weston told the tribunal that Mrs Rodriquez-Noza's complaints of bullying were fully investigated and "found no evidence of bullying".

The hearing continues.