South West Wales

Swansea nurse who bent back patient's finger struck off

Michelle Ace Image copyright Athena Pictures

A former nurse at Swansea's Morriston Hospital who bent back a patient's finger has been struck off.

Michelle Ace was convicted of ill-treating or wilfully neglecting a person without mental capacity, at Swansea Crown Court in July 2015.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) disciplinary panel has found proved claims she mistreated a patient in June 2014.

She will be removed from the register if she does not appeal within 28 days.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, which runs the hospital, said it was "shocked and horrified to hear about her completely unacceptable actions".

A spokeswoman said: "We apologise for the distress her conduct has caused."

Mrs Ace, of Gowerton, was handed a six-month suspended sentence when she was convicted last year.

The health board said it had contacted police after "serious concerns" were raised about her behaviour and she was immediately suspended from all duties.

She was then dismissed once the criminal proceedings were over, the board added.

Mrs Ace did not attend the NMC conduct and competence committee hearing in Cardiff, which ended on Friday.

The panel found proved allegations that, during a night shift on 4 June 2014, she forcefully removed a patient's fingers from his bedrail, bent his finger back, shouted at him and held him down.

A separate allegation was found not proved.

Mrs Ace was handed an 18-month interim suspension order, which will be replaced by a striking off order if she does not launch an appeal within four weeks.

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