Changes at home following tragedy

Duncan Haycon, Eddie Tate and Joe Fallen who competed in the Hastings cycle challenge SUS-150505-124440001
Duncan Haycon, Eddie Tate and Joe Fallen who competed in the Hastings cycle challenge SUS-150505-124440001
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The death of a resident has led to a Bexhill care home taking steps to ensure such a tragedy ‘never ever’ happens again.

Last week an inquest in Hastings heard how James Lewsey died of a burst stomach ulcer.

Staff at Bay House failed to give the 72-year-old medication to protect his stomach for nine days before he died on November 11 last year because they had run out.

When the incident came to light, an immediate medication audit was carried out to ensure all the other residents were receiving all the medication they should be.

No other issues were found.

Nazir Manji, proprietor of the Middlesex Road home, said three members of staff involved in the incident had been sacked for gross misconduct and are currently under investigation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

As the investigation is still pending, the trio are free to practice as nurses.

But Bay House has flagged the NMC investigation so it appears on the trio’s Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, alerting any potential employers.

Mr Manji said the dismissed staff had been hired by a previous manager and Bay House has since doubled its nursing team, as well as increased its care team and support staff, with all new employees undergoing a vigorous recruitment process.

And there are no longer any part time or agency staff working at the home.

Speaking about the dismissed staff, Mr Manji said: “You trust them to carry out their duties professionally and with full integrity.

“And I’m just terribly, terribly upset and disappointed that I have been let down.

“And I really feel the pain of the family and my heart goes out to Mrs Lewsey.”

He added: “I have confidence with my team now.

“And I am confident this will never, ever happen again.”