Essex

Essex nurse 'claimed ambulance call-out would cost £1,000'

A nurse who told an elderly patient's relative she should not call an ambulance as it would cost £1,000, can remain on the nursing register.

Faustina Asibey was working at Queens Court Nursing Home in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, in September 2011 when the 88-year-old woman became ill.

She later failed to give ambulance staff information about the patient.

Ms Asibey was given a one-year conditions of practice order by The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

It heard the elderly woman's daughters had also not been adequately informed about their mother's deteriorating condition.

'False allegations'

The panel was told Ms Asibey had said to a relative "don't you dare call an ambulance" or something similar.

Ms Asibey admitted failing to inform the family about the woman's condition and telling a relative that calling an ambulance would cost the nursing home £1,000.

The NMC said she later failed to "adequately assist" East of England Ambulance Service staff by providing them with "appropriate information" about the patient.

Ms Asibey claimed the woman's two daughters had "concocted false allegations", but the NMC found them to be "honest and credible witnesses", the report said.

The panel concluded she had "put a patient at unwarranted risk of harm" and had "brought the nursing profession into disrepute".

The conditions of practice order imposed on Ms Asibey means she must inform the NMC of any nursing appointment she might accept, and any further professional investigation or disciplinary proceedings against her.

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