Nurse suspended after giving out wrong drugs

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A MENTAL health nurse has been suspended after mistakenly giving sedatives and anti-depressants to elderly patients.

William Desmond Garner was found to have wrongly administered Citalopram, used to treat major depression and panic disorder, to a patient on a Hartlepool ward for pensioners with dementia and other mental health problems.

The 63-year-old also dispensed five times the correct dose of antipsychotic Haloperidol to another patient and tried to give sedative Lorazepam to a patient who no longer needed it.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council conduct and competence panel found his fitness to practice “impaired” after it upheld four charges of failing to demonstrate the standards of knowledge, skill and judgement required to work as a Band 5 nurse.

Garner, who was employed by Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust, was banned from the profession for 12 months.