Panel set to consider claims North-east care assistant shouted at patients

A care assistant has been accused of shouting and swearing at residents at a North-east care home.

Veda Grubb worked in the role at Pitmurchie House, in Banchory, in March and April this year and was reported to the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), which is investigating a series of allegations.

A fitness to practise panel is due to meet in Dundee tomorrow and Friday to decide if the allegations are correct and, if so, what measure should be taken against Ms Grubb.

One allegation is that Ms Grubb was working at the home on March 24 and shouted at a resident who had suffered problems with incontinence.

While shouting, Ms Grubb is accused of swearing at the resident and saying: “Why do you do this every time I’m on shift? I’m not having it.”

She is also accused of telling the resident to “shut up” on March 24 and on March 25.

Then on March 28, it is alleged that another resident had asked for a drink. Ms Grubb, who was dealing with another resident, is alleged to have shouted that the resident would “get a drink when I am finished”.

On the same day, Ms Grubb was providing personal care to another resident, who had just returned from the toilet to go to bed.

It is alleged that Ms Grubb grabbed the resident by the arm, pushed them towards the toilet and said “get back onto the toilet”.

The SSSC is also investigating allegations that Ms Grubb pushed a resident forcefully onto a bed on April 10 and, after swearing at the resident, saying: “I don’t care if you are wet.”

Mark Cash, chief operating officer for Advinia Health Care, which runs the home, said: “We are not able to comment on this case as it is subject to a pending hearing.

“However, we did investigate these issues fully at the time and took the action we subsequently felt to be appropriate and this person no longer works at Pitmurchie House.

“In addition, we have co-operated fully with the SSSC in their work on this case.”

Ms Grubb was unavailable for comment.