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Nurse accused of patient neglect

A nurse has been accused of failing to look after elderly patients.

The work of Nonhlanhla Nkomo at a Bristol care home showed severe shortcomings, a hearing of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in London heard.

The 52-year-old allegedly left an elderly man at the Sunnymead Manor care home with a "hugely swollen" face by not treating a tooth infection.

She also did not know another patient was a diabetic, it was claimed. The hearing continues.

Ms Nkomo, known as Ivy, was suspended from the care home in the Southmead area of Bristol in August 2006.

Red rash

The hearing was told she was supposed to begin her tasks on 21 August that year by visiting residents and administering medication.

But soon afterwards the home manager was alerted to a problem with a man who had had a tooth removed the previous day.

Sue Horsewell, who has since left the home, owned by Mimosa Healthcare Ltd, said: "The side of his face was hugely swollen and he had a red rash.

"It was obvious he had some sort of infection.

"I went and spoke to Ivy and asked if she had contacted the GP.

"She was completely unaware there was a problem," she said.

Ms Nkomo, who began working at the home as a registered nurse in April 2006, is also accused of failing to record whether she had administered medication to a further eight patients.

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