A Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) fitness to practice inquiry has heard allegations a nurse at a Wicklow nursing home failed to call emergency services for a resident who was unwell.

The inquiry heard six allegations against Edwin P Lara regarding the care of two residents on 25 February, 2029, the Irish Examiner reported.

It was alleged that Mr Lara failed to test the blood sugar levels of patient A, who had diabetes, every 15 minutes, and did not call for a doctor or the emergency services when he became unwell.

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It was further alleged that Mr Lara failed to adequately check the patient’s vital signs during the night and did not seek advice from the patient’s director of nursing.

In a separate incident it was alleged Mr Lara failed to ensure a patient was carried and assisted by two staff members even though he knew this was required.

Mr Lara’s representation said it was impossible to follow guidelines due to the low number of staff at the home which has since closed down.

Mr Lara denies the allegations.

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