Wandsworth Prison nurse suspended for six months for doling out morphine incorrectly
A nurse working in Wandsworth HMP has been suspended for six months after giving morphine to a prisoner.
Bolaji Amosu, who worked in the prison for three years, was also caught using another nurse's details to record incorrect information.
A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel heard Amosu was on duty administering medication to prisoners on February 25, 2011.
At about 4.40pm another nurse entered the room and found an unmarked pot in the drugs cupboard with some medication in, later found to be morphine sulphate.
When questioned Amosu told her it was for a prisoner he was about to see, but she noted a register said he already gave it to another prisoner at 5.30pm.
Prescription records signed by Amosu also showed the inmate was given the morphine.
An emergency nurse was contacted before Amosu was placed under investigation and put on supervised practice.
On May 13, 2011, Amosu was on health screening duty for all new prisoners entering Wandsworth HMP but used another nurses log in details to make records.
One prisoner, who was Romanian, was recorded as Irish while Amosu also failed to complete paperwork declaring an inmate was at risk of self harming.
Amosu was also accused of recording prisoners as heavy drug users, despite the inmates not showing withdrawal symptoms, but this charge was not proved.
In mitigation, Amosu claimed he was being bullied at work and it was not unusual for staff to use each others log in details.
He also claimed it was tempting to cut corners in a prison, with a large number of patients requiring treatment in a short period of time.
Paul Morris, chairman, said: "Patient safety was compromised by Mr Amosu’s actions, pre-dispensing of the controlled drugs and signing the prescription chart in advance of administering the drug were both conscious decisions not to follow Trust policy."
The nurse has been suspended for six months, after serving an interim suspension order for 18 months.
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