Felixstowe: Nurse to face disciplinary hearing after allegations of inappropriate behaviour at nursing home

A nurse, who worked at Highcliffe Nursing Home, Felixstowe, is facing allegations of inappropriate b

A nurse, who worked at Highcliffe Nursing Home, Felixstowe, is facing allegations of inappropriate behaviour. - Credit: Archant

A nurse who worked at a Felixstowe nursing home is due to face a disciplinary hearing next week over allegations that she behaved inappropriately towards residents and their families.

Sharon Fairweather is set to appear before the Nursing and Midwifery Council for a Fitness to Practise hearing after a number of allegations were lodged against her concerning her behaviour while she was employed at Highcliffe House Nursing Home in Cobbold Road.

It has been alleged that Fairweather behaved inappropriately and/or unprofessionally to residents and/or family members of residents at the home between 2011 and 2012. The panel will hear how around August/September 2011, she responded inappropriately to a resident’s wife’s enquiry about the use of intravenous fluids, in that she said “we do not do drips” and “do you want him to go back to Ipswich Hospital?”

She also allegedly behaved unsympathetically in response to a resident’s request, who wanted to see her daughter, by stating that, “I want to go home, but that isn’t going to happen, is it?”.

To a patient who suffered from memory loss and was asking where the toilet was, it is alleged Fairweather said: “You know where it is”.

It has also been alleged that on February 5 last year, a resident’s daughter heard her say “I am fed up with bossy relatives”.

On another occasion, in response to a resident’s daughter’s enquiry as to why their relative was crying, she allegedly stated “I am too busy caring for really ill residents to know what is wrong with your mother”.

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Further allegations are that in January last year Fairweather forcefully grabbed a resident’s arm and pulled her out of the kitchen.

She also allegedly said to a resident ”Oh, are you ringing again”, and within hearing of the resident, and in an angry manner, added: “She is always ringing her bell”.

The panel will consider if her fitness to practise is impaired by reason of her misconduct.

Highcliffe House Nursing Home declined to comment.