Brain injury nurse suspended over care of patient

Grant Clarke
Image caption Grant Clarke was admitted to the unit in 2012 after suffering a severe brain haemorrhage

A nurse has been suspended after failing to turn up to a tribunal hearing charges of misconduct in the care of a brain-damaged man from Kent.

Staff nurse Vannessa Kennard was one of three nurses charged in connection with the treatment of Grant Clarke at the neuro-rehabilitation unit in Sevenoaks

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) imposed an interim six-month suspension order.

The panel is still considering the cases of the other two nurses.

It said it needed extra time to consider its verdicts on Marie Banwell and Sarah Coulter at the end of a two-week fitness to practise hearing.

Secret camera

The tribunal heard Mr Grant was left in urine-soaked sheets at the eight-bed West Kent Neuro Rehabilitation unit and had his emergency bell taken away from him.

His family were so concerned about his treatment they set up a secret camera.

Mr Clark, of West Kingsdown, was admitted to the unit, run by Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, after suffering a severe brain haemorrhage at the age of 43 in May 2012.

He was paralysed down his left side, doubly incontinent and unable to swallow or communicate.

The trust has apologised to his family for failings in his care.

Ms Banwell - a deputy ward manager - admits 13 charges and denies nine others.

Ms Coulter - a ward manager - admits 13 charges and denies four others.

The tribunal heard that in its last communication with Ms Kennard she said she was not interested in the case and "doesn't care what happens".

The hearing will resume in July.

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