KGH nurse suspended after man’s death

Kettering General Hospital
Kettering General Hospital

A former Kettering General Hospital nurse who failed to summon a doctor when a 97-year-old man’s breathing raised concerns has been given a six-month suspension order.

Barbara Manansala was working in the Deene Ward when the incident took place in February 2011.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing in London on Monday heard that a nurse carried out several checks on the 97-year-old man during the course of a night shift and asked Manansala to call for a doctor on each occasion.

During the shift, in the early hours of the morning, the man suffered a cardiac arrest and died.

Manansala faced charges that she failed to ensure the patient wasn’t suffering unnecessary pain or distress, failed to call a doctor and that she recorded observations of the patient’s condition in retrospect, which was dishonest.

The panel found the charges proved, and gave Manansala a six-month suspension order, saying her fitness to practice was impaired by the findings.

Manansala has been qualified as a nurse for more than 20 years.