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St Austell nurse struck off for unplugging patient alarms - so he could have a snooze

By CG_News  |  Posted: December 20, 2013


Caprera House in St Austell, where Nigel Ellis unplugged patient alarms so he could have a snooze

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A nurse has been struck off after he unplugged pensioners' night time alarms -- so he could have a snooze.

Nigel Ellis was supposed to be caring for frail and disabled residents during a night shift at Caprera House care home in St Austell.

But instead the senior nurse disconnected alarms which sound when residents get out of bed so he could have an undisturbed nap, a hearing heard.

Appalled colleagues told bosses, prompting Ellis to accuse one care assistant of reporting him to boss and that the informer should "keep quiet in the future".

Health regulator the Nursing and Midwifery Council ruled he should be struck off the nursing register following a hearing in central London last week.

The panel heard a team arrived to clean the home at around 1am on March 26 last year and spotted a resident walking around the first floor through an upstairs window.

Staff discovered bed pressure mats which sound an alarm when the resident gets out of bed were disconnected and Ellis was asleep on a sofa.

When confronted, he admitted he turned them off to stop them from going off in the night.

The nurse had already been caught by a health care assistant sleeping in the sensory lounge at the home three weeks earlier.

She told the panel he slept through the entire shift - only waking up at 7am.

Barbara Stuart chairman of the Nursing and Midwifery Council panel said all the allegations against Ellis were proven and that striking his name from the register was "the only sanction which is sufficient".

"The public interest would be served by a striking-off order," she added.

Ellis was not present or represented at the tribunal.

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  • Lollipops  |  February 04 2014, 7:54AM

    What team arrives at1am, to clean? Very strange. Shame on that nurse.

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