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Nurse warned patient against lashing out ahead of slapping’

PUBLISHED: 16:10 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:06 25 August 2010

A NURSE slapped a seriously ill patient after she lashed out while she was being washed, a hearing was told.

A NURSE slapped a seriously ill patient after she lashed out while she was being washed, a hearing was told.

Diana Bond, 43, from Belvedere, struck a woman across the cheek after warning her not to hit her during a shift at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard on Monday.

The woman was suffering from a brain injury and had been undergoing treatment for some months prior to the incident on January 14, 2006.

Colleague Martin Sweeney was washing the woman - referred to as Patient A - after lunch when Bond entered the room. The woman started lashing out as Bond tried to hold her hands, hitting her two or three times in the chest. Bond took a step back and said "Don't you dare hit me", before she tried to hold Patient A's arms again.

But the patient continued to lash out, and the nurse slapped her across the cheek.

Patient A recoiled in pain, Bond gasped and Mr Sweeney looked at the floor in horror, the hearing was told.

In a statement Mr Sweeney said: "Nurse Bond took a step back and gasped. I could not believe what I had just witnessed.

"I came to the decision that it was a knee-jerk reaction to the incident and that no other patients were in danger."

Mr Sweeney confronted Bond about the slap later in the day, and asked her if she had told Patient A's family, who had visited her on the ward that day.

Bond replied: "No, but it feels good knowing something they don't."

Mr Sweeney told senior staff the following day after staying up until 5am worrying about the incident.

On January 18 when Bond came back on duty, the ward manager confronted her.

The nurse admitted to staff that she had hit the patient and that she told no one about it.

Bond, who is not present or represented, admits she slapped Patient A and admits not informing senior staff of the incident.

But she denies that her fitness to practice is impaired.

She faces being struck off if the panel find her guilty.

The hearing continues.

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