Scottish Nurse denies seven charges of poor conduct

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A SENIOR nurse is accused of failing to get a doctor to check a baby that fell on to a “hard floor” at a GP clinic.

Tamara-Jane Grantham also allegedly gave an unlicensed medicine to a baby under four months of age.

And Mrs Grantham failed to tell social work that the mother of another child was seeing a man banned from having unsupervised access to his own children, it is also claimed.

 

Tamara Grantham

 

The nurse appeared before a disciplinary hearing of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in Edinburgh on Tuesday.

She denies all seven charges related to her work as a public health nurse at NHS Fife.

The charges relate to a period between May 2011 and February 2012 at the Valleyfield Health Centre, Dunfermline, where a mother and baby clinic was run.

Witness Elizabeth Mitchell, a nurse with over 15 years’ experience, told the hearing: “A baby fell off the counter onto the floor.

“It was Mrs Grantham’s responsibility to ensure that the baby was seen by a doctor.

 

Tamara Grantham

 

“I was concerned as the child was only six months old and the baby had fallen from the height of a kitchen top onto a hard floor.

“I would have expected Mrs Grantham to get the baby seen by the GP who was on the site, and fill out an incident report form as soon as possible.”

In another charge, Mrs Grantham is accused of “incorrectly prescribing Miconazole gel for Child E which is not licensed for use in babies under four months of age”.

“It’s illegal for a nurse to prescribe an unlicensed drug,” Mrs Mitchell told the hearing.

Another charge claimed she failed to alert social workers that the mother of another child was in a relationship with a man who had a history of domestic abuse.

Mrs Mitchell told the panel: “There were risks associated with the man towards women and children.

“[Mrs Grantham] told me at an investigatory hearing that she stood by the decision because the mother said she would never have left the baby with that man.”

Other charges include failure to “maintain adequate child health records”, not completing documents correctly and failing to file reports on time.

Owen Mullan, representing Mrs Grantham, said there was no doubt she had examined the child.

“There is nothing that you can do to ensure a child is examined by a doctor,” he added.

If the charges are found to be proven Mrs Grantham faces being being barred from the profession for a maximum of two years.

The hearing continues.

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