Nurse who handled 999 calls struck off after sending ambulance to wrong address – Get Surrey
A 999 call handler in Surrey who caused delays to ambulance services and sent colleagues to the wrong address has been struck off.
In April 2015, Peter Christopher Hammond, an experienced nurse who worked for South East Coast Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust, sent an ambulance vehicle to the wrong address and recorded the patient had no pain despite them saying they had “pains all over my body now”.
The nurse clinical supervisor may have also given incorrect advice to an emergency caller in April 2015. The caller needed advice on breathing problems, not choking problems, according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) .
A month before that incident, he told another caller an ambulance was on its way before any arrangements had even been made. And in August 2014, Mr Hammond failed to follow phone call procedures, resulting in a delay for the patient to receive emergency assistance, NMC suggested.
These are just some of the many errors Mr Hammond made between January 2014 and April 2015 while working for the ambulance services in Surrey.
The nurse was first suspended by the NMC for 12 months in August 2016 and has been given two further suspensions since then. After being suspended for more than two years, the regulator on February 1 decided to strike him off the register.
Justifying its decision, the NMC wrote in its report: “The shortcomings in Mr Hammond’s practice were wide ranging, serious, and would have caused harm to patients.”
But the striking off, which comes into effect at the end of March 2, comes more than a year after Mr Hammond, who is over 70 years old, retired from the profession.
According to a report from the NMC’s second review into Mr Hammond’s suspension, his email to the watchdog body dated July 19, 2018 read: “I have made mistakes and most ambulance service clinicians… will admit to having made errors of judgement in a knife-edge occupation…I have already put all those wonderful hard-working years of nursing behind me and I now wish to move on as they say.”
The regulator also suggested that in a telephone conversation with an NMC staff member on January 30, Mr Hammond also indicated he was “completely done with nursing and no longer wants to be involved with the NMC process”.