Care home staff nurse is cleared at hearing

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A nurse accused of misconduct has been cleared at a Nursing and Midwifery Council hearing.

Stuart Oliver Hardman, who worked for Sue Ryder Care at Cuerden Hall in Bamber Bridge, faced two charges. The first that while he was employed by Sue Ryder Care he attempted to open the stoma of Resident A’s PEG tube using an Instillagel syringe which was not the correct procedure. And in November 2012 he applied cream to a resident’s supra-pubic catheter site when she did not give her consent to do so.

Originally the charges stated that Mr Hardman had caused distress and was not deemed competent but this was removed. The charges were not proved and the panel concluded it did not amount to misconduct.