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Thursday, 14 March, 2002, 20:11 GMT
Nurse abused patients
UKCC headquarters, London
The nursing body UKCC heard of "appalling" abuses
A Bristol nurse who poured surgical spirit into the open wound of an elderly patient has been struck off the nursing register.

A disciplinary panel found 35-year-old Mary Bernon, of Whitchurch, Bristol, guilty of nine "appalling" counts of misconduct.

Her 15-year-career in the UK is ended but she may be able to work as a nurse in her native South Africa.

The United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting (UKCC) heard she had left elderly patients covered in faeces.

Blaise Manor nursing home
Mary Bernon worked at Blaise Manor nursing home
She also taunted one elderly man by thrusting her breasts at him and asking if they were "sexy" and "big enough".

The UKCC's professional conduct committee heard that five of the offences took place during 2000, while Ms Bernon was employed as matron at Blaise Manor Nursing Home in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol.

They included refusing to call a doctor when a patient's condition deteriorated.

She also failed to give prescribed medication to a patient, the panel was told during the three-day hearing in London.

Injured patient

A further three charges related to offences committed while Ms Bernon was night sister at Downs Hall Nursing Home in Sneyd Park, Bristol.

They involved failure to check a patient for injuries after a fall, dealing inappropriately with the same patient's injury, and failure to ensure drugs were securely stored.

She also failed to provide an accurate career history when applying for a position with the private health company, Bupa.

The UKCC's Director of Professional Conduct, Liz McAnulty, said: "This is an appalling catalogue of management failures, dishonesty, poor quality care and various forms of patient abuse."

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