An agency nurse who worked for HC-One has been banned from working unsupervised for two years after giving care home residents incorrect medicine dosages.
Christopher Foxall was handed the sanction by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) for incidents that occurred at two HC-One care homes in 2017.
Mr Foxall was found to have given incorrect medicine dosages to residents and failing to administer or record medication at Avandale Lodge Nursing Home in Lostock Gralam, Cheshire on 21 November 2017.
Additionally, in August and November 2017 Mr Foxall was found to have failed to administer a Fentanyl patch at HC-One’s Four Seasons Nursing Home in Bolton, Manchester and left the wrong medication in a resident’s room.
The NMC said: “The panel considered that Mr Foxall’s actions and omissions demonstrate poor practice in relation to his medicines administration and management and record keeping, which placed patients at risk of harm. The panel considered that his practice fell far below the standards expected of a registered nurse and amounted to misconduct.”
A spokesperson for HC-One told CHP: “The health, safety and wellbeing of our residents is our absolute priority. The individual in question was employed by a staffing agency and undertook a small number of shifts at two of our homes in 2017.
“Due to our robust oversight and management procedures, it very quickly became clear that his competency was not to the standard we expected as he had made a small number of medication errors. This was highlighted to the staffing agency and at that point he was no longer placed in any of our homes.
“We can confirm that no resident was harmed as a result of the errors this individual made, and we have worked closely with the NMC to support their subsequent investigation. We fully support the actions of the NMC in their recent hearing and we strongly value their role upholding the professional standards of nurses.”
Avandale Lodge, which is rated Requires Improvement by the CQC, ran into further trouble through its use of agency workers last year when a temporary worker was sentenced to nine months in prison for hitting a resident in the groin (see Carer who hit pensioner in the groin given prison sentence).