South Yorkshire nurse’s neglect hearing held back

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A SOUTH Yorkshire nurse accused of using neglecting and mistreating patients has had her case adjourned for a month.

Cheryl Lewis was allegedly caught cleaning the boot of her car with the stereo blaring instead of caring for two patients with learning disabilities.

The 50-year-old is also accused of using ‘excessive force’ to control a patient and of telling another to stop looking down her top. After four days of evidence, a Nursing and Midwifery Council misconduct panel is yet to decide whether the allegations against Lewis have been proved. The case was adjourned until July 11 for a further two days.

Lewis has admitted failing to allow an aggressive patient – who was out of his wheelchair – time to calm down, and refusing to accept his apology or give him back his hat and toy.

This incident, on November 5, 2008, led to her dismissal from the Elliott Centre, a day care centre in Rotherham. But she has claimed other allegations against her have been exaggerated by her former bosses.

Lewis, who qualified in 2003, faces five allegations relating to her practice between March 2007 and November 2008. She denies all of the charges, with the exception of the incident on November 5.

Mick Baraclough, defending, said Lewis admits her fitness to practise was impaired at the time, but denies she is still unfit to work. Panel chairman Penny Griffith said Lewis, who is not currently working, had agreed not to apply for a new job as a nurse before July 11.