A nurse roughed up dementia patients, branded them ‘disgusting’ and threatened to strangle a woman with a scarf, a hearing was told.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council heard how Cooper allegedly shoved a patient’s soiled sheet in his face and said: ‘When dogs do this, their owners rub their noses in it’.
Care assistant Amy Redpath – who was working with Cooper at the care home run by the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution at the time of the allegations in October and November 2009 – told the hearing Cooper was abrupt and uncaring towards some patients during the shifts they worked together.
She said: ‘I got the impression she didn’t really like her job and didn’t really like the residents.
‘She complained about residents, complained about the workload, and complained the residents were perhaps wrongly placed.
‘It was annoying and a bit depressing to be around, the mood was quite low for me.’
Mrs Redpath added that Cooper would barge into patients rooms during the night, switch the main light on, and roughly change their incontinence pads.
On October 9, 2009, Cooper is alleged to have told one man, referred to as patient A, he was ‘a disgusting little s***’ as she changed his bedding.
‘I remember Christina pulling the covers back with little or no communication, scooping up resident A with both hands in order to turn him over in bed’, she said.
‘This was done quite roughly and I remember the resident being very startled and shocked, holding out for something as a sort of reflex action.’