Nurse set to face hearing over wrong drug claim

An NHS nurse has been accused of giving a patient the wrong drug and forging a colleague’s signature to hide her mistake.

Shyvonne Mason faces a number of allegations at a hearing of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

It is alleged that, while employed by NHS Fife as an adult nurse, on October 25 2014, she failed to properly check drugs, and incorrectly administered phenobarbitone instead of morphine sulphate to a patient.

She is also alleged to have destroyed two vials of morphine sulphate, and amended records to hide her mistake, allegedly forging a colleague’s signature in the process.
When approached by the Tele, Ms Mason declined to comment.

A spokesman for the health board said: “NHS Fife is unable to comment on individual members of staff, whether past or present.”

Her hearing will get under way on Monday.

Ms Mason is one of three workers from Fife who are set to face fitness to practice hearings over the next two months.

David Tracey, a mental health nurse, is accused of telling a colleague he would “rearrange a patient’s face”.

He faces allegations of misconduct, inappropriately restraining and shouting at a female patient and not seeking assistance in dealing with the woman.

He is also alleged to have said to a colleague in relation to the patient: “If I got her on the outside, I would rearrange her face.”

The incidents allegedly happened in August 2013.

The NMC, which oversees the hearings, could not confirm who Mr Tracey was employed by at the time.

Mr Tracey’s hearing will take place in front of the NMC on April 25.

He could not be reached for comment at the time of going to press.

The third hearing involves allegations against Norah Terris, a nurse who was employed at Headwell House Care Home in Dunfermline.

She is alleged to have moved a patient unnecessarily and against their will, in February 2014.

Ms Terris’ hearing will be held on March 28.

She could not be reached for comment.

A spokeswoman for her employer, Abbotsfield Care, said: “As this is still currently under investigation we are unable to comment at this time.”

All hearings will take place at the NMC in Edinburgh.

If a panel decides that a nurse or midwife’s fitness to practice has been impaired, a range of restrictions can be imposed.

Sanctions are made to protect the public, maintain public confidence in the professions and the NMC and to declare and uphold proper standards of conduct and performance.

They are not intended as a punishment for the nurse or midwife.

Ms Mason, Mr Tracey and Ms Terris’ employment future will be decided by the hearings, reflecting a balanced response between the interests of the public and the interests of their future.

The panel may choose to impose a caution order (one to five years), conditions of practice order, a suspension order or, at the most severe, a striking-off order.

Three nurses are set for hearings.