Worthing nurse struck off

A WORTHING nurse has been struck off the nursing register after she was caught throwing an elderly woman and neglecting patients.

Rosemary Zondi, 63, from Worthing, left an elderly and frail woman “screaming in protest” after she threw her onto her side in bed while she worked at Irene House care home, in Parkfield Road, Tarring.

At a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) hearing the conduct and competence committee panel was given a list of charges against the nurse from when she worked at the Guild Care home in April, 2009.

This included failing to follow the correct procedure when moving a patient, shouting at colleagues, falsifying records and sleeping for up to an hour while on duty.

The hearing heard from care worker Eve Charles, who witnessed Ms Zondi failing to follow the correct procedure when she handled an elderly patient who needed to be turned in bed because of the risk of pressure sores.

Ms Charles said she was “disgusted and flabbergasted” when, instead of waiting for help, she saw Ms Zondi “pick up patient A and throw her over on her side”, resulting in the woman “screaming in protest”.

Ms Charles said the nurse shouted “don’t talk to patients” when she tried to comfort the distressed woman.

The hearing also heard from Ms White, who had worked at Irene House for 13 years.

Ms White said she found Ms Zondi had lied on patients’ records by claiming she had checked on patients when evidence proved she had not.

The panel said Ms Zondi had not acknowledged any wrongdoing throughout the proceedings, going as far as resigning in May, 2009, stating “unfair allegations” had been made against her.

Ms Zondi, who did not attend the hearing in London, was struck off the nursing register and given an 18-month interim suspension order, lasting until July, 2012.

Guild Care’ chief executive Suzanne Millard said she was pleased the allegations had been taken seriously and the council had acted in a “robust manner”.

Guild Care had submitted a full report and two employees were asked to provide evidence.