A head start in antiques

PUBLISHED: 11:32 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:40 25 August 2010

AN ART Deco fair is due to run over an entire weekend by popular demand.

AN ART Deco fair is due to run over an entire weekend by popular demand.

Eltham Palace, in Court Yard, Eltham, will be loaded with 1930s antiques and reproduction pieces this Saturday from noon to 5pm, and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

The traditionally one-day fair attracts enthusiasts from around the country in search of the perfect objet d'art to add to their collection.

Verity Hales, visitor operations officer, said: "Eltham Palace offers the chance to purchase elegant period pieces that will give your home a stylish Art Deco edge. Every year we see more of Britain's Art Deco dealers bringing their finest quality pieces to our biannual fair."

Specialist dealers will be in the palace's Tudor Great Hall selling furniture, collectibles, handbags and accessories, glassware, lighting and textiles. The Art Deco mansion built by Stephen and Virginia Courtauld and the palace's 19 acres of gardens will also be open to visitors. A NURSE who made five blunders in a day claimed he was left down by his health Trust and union representative, a hearing heard.

Barry Torrens asked patients where they would like injections and thought taking blood samples was more important than treating serious back injuries, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) heard last Friday.

The 47-year-old, of Thamesmead, claims he was ignored at work and left to drift 'like a lost ship on the ward' at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford.

He was sacked on May 18, 2006, for a string of basic errors that left managers fearing for patients' safety.

But Mr Torrens told the court managers' claims that he needed almost constant supervision were part of a consensus between bosses to freeze him out.

One matron who complained about him acted as 'judge and at the same time as prosecutor' and briefed other managers against him before he could put his side of the story across, he said.

He added: "During my contact with her she phoned and came through to have a meeting with them and as soon as these briefing meetings took place you would have to say the atmosphere changed."

On July 27, 2005, he made five mistakes, including conducting an 'unsafe' procedure on a patient to check if their stomach tube was in place, it was said.

Between May 2005 and April 2006 four different nurses found failures, including repeatedly administering drugs without knowing what they were for and forgetting to check patients' names.

Mr Torrens said health care assistants refused to do as he said despite his position as senior nurse on Beech ward and that managers ignored his pleas to address the problem officially.

He said: "Wh en I asked for assistance there were some of them who didn't listen to anything I said at all.

"When I told them about it they just ignored me, whatever I had to say. They were not cooperative."

Torrens faces eight charges of failing to demonstrate the correct skills and practising unsupervised between May 2005 and April 2006.

If found guilty he faces being kicked out of the profession.

He was also arrested and cautioned in October 2005 for assault and actual bodily harm, a matter that will be dealt with separately.

The hearing continues.


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