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Nurse held 84-year-old in headlock; BARRED BY PANEL FROM PRACTISING.

Byline: WAYNE NOWACZYK

A NURSE who put a frail 84-year-old dementia sufferer in a headlock to administer a sedative has been struck off.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council disciplinary panel barred Christine Cretney, 57, from practising after a two-day hearing in Cardiff which she declined to attend.

The Conduct and Competence hearing was told that while employed at Wrexham Maelor Hospital on November 1 2008, Cretney wrestled with a "difficult and deeply upset" pensioner to the horror of two night shift support workers.

She put her in a headlock to try to get her to take medication, but when that didn't work Cretney crushed the sedative in water and tried to squirt it in the struggling patient's mouth with a syringe.

Horrified support workers on the night shift at Wrexham Maelor Hospital on November 1, 2008 told the disciplinary panel for the Nursing and Midwifery Council that the "difficult" old lady was distressed, wanting to go home but defiant and spitting the drug out.

Cretney who is employed by the former North Wales NHS Trust which is now part of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, admitted inappropriate restraint, using the syringe with force, and abusing the pensioner by shouting "who do you think you are, you are under section".

She also admitted failing to properly record her failed attempt to administer the sedative or her effort to restrain the old lady.

But she denied pushing the OAP into a chair or discussing the patients' confidential records first with a cleaner and then with a maintenance man.

Health support worker Christine Edwards told the hearing the pensioner had absconded from the ward earlier that day, when a door was left open and the old lady was found wandering in the car park looking for her car to go home. The patient, who has not been named, had been sectioned under the mental health act as it was believed she was a danger to herself and others and was suffering from dementia, anxiety and disorientation, not understanding where she was, said Mrs Edwards.

But she told the hearing the patient could be calmed and cajoled into complying with medical staff.

She said that when Cretney put the woman in a head lock despite her struggle she was stunned but felt unable to challenge her since she was the medical professional.

But the following day she raised her concerns with the hospital.

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