A nurse who administered injections while he was under the influence of alcohol has been struck off the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.
In 2003, Steven Richardson gave a patient injections in two areas but did not change the needle in between. He also faced charges of speaking to a colleague inappropriately in front of the patient.
NMC spokesperson Kristy Hempel said: ‘Steven Richardson’s behaviour was fundamentally incompatible with being a registered nurse. The panel concluded that Richardson failed to uphold the good standing of the profession and that his actions departed from the NMC’s code of professional conduct.’
She said that Mr Richardson could have compromised the health of the patient and that there was a danger of cross infection and possible pain.
The panel heard evidence from Mr Richardson’s former colleagues from the Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland Mental Health NHS Trust.
They said they observed him stumble and heard him slurring his words. The night nurse co-ordinator told Mr Richardson to take a breath test which indicated that he had 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.