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Nurse kicked patient with dementia

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A nurse has been struck off after kicking an elderly care home resident who suffers from dementia.

Grace Ellis, 52, was charged with pushing a resident in a wheelchair through a closed door, obtaining a sample of blood from a resident without their consent and while they were resisting, and insisting against a resident’s wishes that they have a bath.

The registered nurse, from Poole, Dorset, was struck off the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register for the incidents at Zetland Court, owned by the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution, between 2001 and 2006.

The Conduct and Competence Committee panel for the NMC heard evidence from a health care assistant who witnessed Ms Ellis scream at a resident with dementia and kicked them around the ankles.

NMC spokesperson Kristy Hempel, said: ‘These were a vulnerable group of people in Ellis’ care and her behaviour amounted to serious breaches of the NMC Code, which states that as a nurse you must protect and support the health of individual patients.

‘Ellis’ behaviour amounted to physical abuse of four elderly people in her care. There was a complete disregard to the expressed wishes of patients.’

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