Nurse faces claims of bungled bottom injections


A NURSE has been accused of bungling a series of injections into patients’ bottoms.

John Harper, who worked at the Anvil Centre in Glasgow,  also failed to keep a needle sterile by putting it on a cardboard tray, it is claimed.

The community staff nurse is accused of showing  “lack of competence” during an informal assessment at the centre.

The centre, in Parkhead, provides care for people aged 16 to 65 who suffer from severe mental health problems.

His case is to be heard at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in Edinburgh next week.

Both charges against Mr Harper allege that he was not “safe and consistent” when administering depot injections to patients.

Depot injections release medication consistently over a long period of time.

On three occasions Mr Harper is said to have failed to “locate the upper outer quadrant of the patient’s bottom” while giving injections.

The incidents are believed to have taken place between 1 July 2009 to 22 November 2011.

He is also said to have “failed to keep the needle used for administration sterile by placing it on a cardboard tray,” while also failing to correctly prepare the injection.

Mr Harper is also accused of disposing of clinical waste incorrectly and using alcohol gel rather than soap to wash his hands.



  1. Ok, most of that sounds like dangerous practice for a nurse, but the alcohol hand gel is considered best practice now for infection control unless the hands are visibly soiled.

  2. Are you sure he is registered?

    However, The alcohol based hand gel is now considered best practice in many infection control circles now.

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