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Valley Park Care Home nurse struck off for abusing patients

A nurse at a care home in Barnsley who over-prescribed medicine and abused patients on social networking sites has been struck off.

Rebecca Louise Gibbons abused her position at the Valley Park Care Home in Wombwell, Barnsley, between June 2010 and March 2011.

Gibbons doubled a dose of prescribed medicine, verbally abused patients and took photographs of them.

The care home said Gibbons' actions were unprofessional and unacceptable.

'Going to die'

The Nursing and Midwifery Council heard Gibbons was authorised to administer medication prescribed by a doctor, but doubled a 1ml does of the sedative Midazolam.

Gibbons used offensive language in front of another member of staff and dismissed the prescription instructions, the hearing was told.

The council also heard Gibbons said to a member of staff a patient was "going to die tonight" in earshot of the patient she referred to.

She also posted a comment on Facebook on 10 February 2011 saying "oldies need putting out of their misery".

Members of the council's panel heard Gibbons took photographs of a patient and sent these to other members of staff.

Gibbons was not present at the hearing in London.

The Valley Park Care Home said managers were "glad that other staff reported her behaviour and it was quickly investigated".

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