Collapsed patient dies after Nurse waits for 3 hours before dialling 999

A nurse at Paternoster Care Home Cirencester was told an elderly patient had collapsed and was unresponsive at 8.40 am and failed to call the emergency services until shortly after 12 noon.

The patient had been admitted to Paternoster Care Home after being treated for arthritis at Cheltenham hospital. It was said that her condition had deteriorated over night and that in the morning she was pale and refusing to eat her breakfast.

In the Old Bailey the nurse Paulina Omoose Abiade, admitted that she was slow to call for help. As no resuscitation directions were left she phoned the elderly lady’s husband several times during the morning before finally calling 999 but by the time the ambulance arrived she was already dead.

Stephen Barker, chairman of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s panel at the Old Bailey, said that Abiade’s actions had breached the “fundamental tenets” of the nursing profession.

“The nature of your conduct means that the reputation of the profession has been called into question,” he said.

Abiade was given a one year caution  by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and was allowed to keep her current job at the Miranda House care home, Royal Wootton Bassett.