Nurse who failed to properly assess critically injured student is allowed to continue working

Gazette: Timothy Jarvis died as a result of his injuries Timothy Jarvis died as a result of his injuries

A hospital nurse who admitted failing to properly assess a university student who died from head injuries has been deemed to fit to continue working.

Doreen Castleton was nurse-in-charge of the accident and emergency department at Colchester General Hospital when ambulance crews brought in Timothy Jarvis, 18.

The student, who had fallen down a flight of stairs at the University of Essex’s Wivenhoe campus, later died from severe head injuries.

Mrs Castleton admitted failing to ensure the patient was prioritised and adequately assessed when he was admitted to hospital in the early hours of October 12, 2011.

But two other charges against the nurse were not proven by a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel because of inconsistent evidence given by a colleague.

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6:20pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Colonel Kurtz says...

I know people under pressure do make mistakes and we dont know the full story but would someone be allowed to continue if they worked in the private sector ?
I know people under pressure do make mistakes and we dont know the full story but would someone be allowed to continue if they worked in the private sector ? Colonel Kurtz
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6:43pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Plausible Deniability says...

of course and what would you expect, that is two students from essex university misdiagnosed by Colchester Superlative Hospital Trust and The North Essex Partnership Concrete "Boots" Foundation Trust (Chairman C Paverley rtd FIRSTSITE/VAF): Mental health services essex:
I mean what would you expect please? posters all over the hospital stating do you want to be treated with these a stethoscope, or these a set of these handcuffs, denoting you misbehave to nhs staff you get the cops.
when they kill one of us in whatever guise misdiagnosis negligence etc. etc. in good old true british style we let them off.
not one person been charged as yet with patient waiting list fixing all those deaths and suffering not one brought to book why?
they look after their own, they cover up and lie why? beacuse they all have sh*t on each other to bring the whole pot down. are we as corrupt as brazil?
of course and what would you expect, that is two students from essex university misdiagnosed by Colchester Superlative Hospital Trust and The North Essex Partnership Concrete "Boots" Foundation Trust (Chairman C Paverley rtd FIRSTSITE/VAF): Mental health services essex: I mean what would you expect please? posters all over the hospital stating do you want to be treated with these a stethoscope, or these a set of these handcuffs, denoting you misbehave to nhs staff you get the cops. when they kill one of us in whatever guise misdiagnosis negligence etc. etc. in good old true british style we let them off. not one person been charged as yet with patient waiting list fixing all those deaths and suffering not one brought to book why? they look after their own, they cover up and lie why? beacuse they all have sh*t on each other to bring the whole pot down. are we as corrupt as brazil? Plausible Deniability
  • Score: -12

6:55pm Tue 3 Jun 14

rhetoric says...

Here we go again! Choose your partners for the Closing Ranks Dance, waltz away merrily while patients dread going to hospitals.
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There are many superlative nurses, but they never seem to come forward and blow the whistle on the rotten ones.
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I am not saying that I know anything about the above reported case, just that so many times hearts have been broken when loved ones have been shuffled off, after vile treatment. NHS staff appear to be cast-iron untouchables.
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People get tired and mistakes can be made, we're all human, except that lots of us have seen an INhuman side to NHS staff. They seem to think nowadays that they have the power of life and death on just their say-so.
Here we go again! Choose your partners for the Closing Ranks Dance, waltz away merrily while patients dread going to hospitals. . There are many superlative nurses, but they never seem to come forward and blow the whistle on the rotten ones. . I am not saying that I know anything about the above reported case, just that so many times hearts have been broken when loved ones have been shuffled off, after vile treatment. NHS staff appear to be cast-iron untouchables. . People get tired and mistakes can be made, we're all human, except that lots of us have seen an INhuman side to NHS staff. They seem to think nowadays that they have the power of life and death on just their say-so. rhetoric
  • Score: -14

8:20pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Sunshine2014 says...

People can be soooo judgemental. Unbelievable, this poor lady has been used as a scape goat by the nhs - an over stretched service which sounds extremely difficult to manage. People do their best, no nurse in this profession sets out for mistakes to happen. This nurse is a fantastic nurse, an honest and kind women who has already been though enough. Let alone for the newspaper to twist and turn thugs. If she had done wrong the nursing and midwifery council would be the judge not the general public with no knowledge whatsoever, apart from the ability to get their say in something... What is this world coming tooo
People can be soooo judgemental. Unbelievable, this poor lady has been used as a scape goat by the nhs - an over stretched service which sounds extremely difficult to manage. People do their best, no nurse in this profession sets out for mistakes to happen. This nurse is a fantastic nurse, an honest and kind women who has already been though enough. Let alone for the newspaper to twist and turn thugs. If she had done wrong the nursing and midwifery council would be the judge not the general public with no knowledge whatsoever, apart from the ability to get their say in something... What is this world coming tooo Sunshine2014
  • Score: 25

9:32pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Dug says...

Yes, the lack of personal responsibility for one's own actions appears to be the biggest factor in this case - the guy was legally an adult. A young death is obviously a tragedy, but scapegoating the nurse here?

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Yes, the lack of personal responsibility for one's own actions appears to be the biggest factor in this case - the guy was legally an adult. A young death is obviously a tragedy, but scapegoating the nurse here? http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2216086/Student-18-d owned-bottle-rum-15- MINUTES-bet-falling- death-flight-stairs. html Dug
  • Score: 14

9:19am Wed 4 Jun 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

A nurse shouldn't be making these kinds of calls, a fully qualified doctor, consultant or specialist should be.

Don't blame the nurse - blame the pressure put on her from the powers above!
A nurse shouldn't be making these kinds of calls, a fully qualified doctor, consultant or specialist should be. Don't blame the nurse - blame the pressure put on her from the powers above! Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 20

9:34am Wed 4 Jun 14

totallyfootball says...

You couldn't make this up, just like the police the NHS are now fully unaccountable!
You couldn't make this up, just like the police the NHS are now fully unaccountable! totallyfootball
  • Score: -9

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