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Former Basildon Hospital nurse Titilola Orefuwa suspended

A nurse has been suspended for a year after she admitted leaving a sick child to be monitored by a hospital porter.

Titilola Orefuwa was a staff nurse on the 16-bed children's ward at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital.

At a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) tribunal, she admitted seven offences between 2006 and 2010.

They included failing to administer medication to a baby with meningitis and leaving the room as a needle was inserted into an infant's spine.

In that instance she was supposed to collect the sample of spinal fluid.

Leaving the room, the hearing was told, meant the procedure had to be repeated, causing the baby unnecessary stress and pain.

The panel also learned she swore at a senior nurse, refused to change wards when asked and used "aggressive and inappropriate language" within earshot of child patients who were trying to sleep and their parents.

The child she left with a porter needed constant medical supervision because he was sedated and awaiting an MRI scan, the tribunal heard.

Ms Orefuwa has 28 days to appeal over the decision.

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