Pharmacist ‘physically sick' after carrying out checks at a Sussex care home
- 01 Oct
Emma Campbell who supplied the home with medication said she was physically sick after visiting Orchid View care home.
Ms Campbell, who works as a pharmacist for Boots, says that the treatment room was filthy and chaotic and that one patient had gone without medication for four days, reports the BBC.
In an inquest into the care home due to the deaths of 19 residents being unexplained, Ms Campbell said that there were gaps in patient charts where medication had not been administered correctly. When she brought this to the attention of a senior staff nurse, the nurse was said to be "blasé" about it and seemed not to care. She also described how clinical manage Michael Lindo was distracted and she could not raise her concerns fully with him.
Once leaving the care home, Ms Campbell told the inquest that "I was physically sick in the car park."
The inquest later heard from the former regional manager Sarah O'Mara who denied claims that she did not make enough visits to the home and also denied that there was a policy of having no agency workers due to financial constraints.
The coroner said to Ms O'Mara that "I haven't heard you take responsibility at all."
The inquest is still on-going.
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