Nurse accused of directing vile verbal assaults against elderly in her care

A NURSE faces being struck off over a catalogue of vile verbal assaults aimed at elderly patients in her care.

Margaret Richmond has already admitted saying to a member of staff “that bloody (Resident F] has p***ed the bed – I need sheets” while working at Westlea Care Home in Neilston, East Renfrewshire.

She also admitted shouting at a patient that they were a “crabbit old swine”. The nurse faces several further allegations before the Nursing and Midwifery Council in Edinburgh.

The nurse did not have any legal representation when she appeared yesterday. The incidents are all alleged to have taken place at Westlea Care Home in Renfrewshire between 2007 and 2008.

Three other allegations have yet to be decided on by the tribunals.

It is claimed that Richmond took the hand of an elderly patient, which was covered in faecal matter, and showed it to her, saying: “Yes, that’s s***e, s-*-*-*-e”.

On another occasion she is alleged to have told the same patient: “You are all covered in s**t.” It is claimed that the nurse “acted inappropriately” to another patient, named Resident B, and pushed her into her room on a number of occasions.

It is also alleged that while on night shift she “brought Resident B to the lounge from her bedroom, despite her indicating that she wanted to go to bed”.

Richmond is also accused of leaving “medicines unattended on the medicines trolley or cabinet”.

The council adjourned proceedings until today, when they will hear further statements.