A nurse in south west England has been suspended for 12 months for being incompetent and dismissive to patients, after she mistook blood around a patient’s mouth for jam.
Denise Joyce Reed, who worked at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital, faced 29 charges from her time at the hospital, according to BBC News.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s disciplinary panel considered the charges and decided that suspending Reed would constitute “the only sanction which will be sufficient to protect patients” from Reed, according to ITV News.
Reed’s co-workers voiced concerns about her competency in 2009, but Reed was allowed to work as a nurse on and off until January 2011.
The hospital ordered her to practice under supervision, suspended her and then dismissed her from her work between 2009 and 2010.
But Reed made her way back to the hospital when she was reinstated on an appeal in July 2010 — just two months after she was dismissed.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s disciplinary panel’s suspension allows for Reed to appeal its motion.
“There remains a real risk of repetition and serious harm to patients if Mrs Reed were to return to practice without restriction,” the panel decided.