A care worker at Crimond House has been struck off after she placed a banana near a patient’s genitals and told her it could keep her company.
Clarisa Bartolome had three charges proven against her by the Nursing and Midwifery Council last week for incidents occurring between April 2010 and July 2013.
The council found that Ms Bartolome had on one or more occasions “placed and/orcaused to be placed a banana/s in Resident A’s bed in the region of her genitals.”
Ms Bartolome was also proven to have said: “Here’s your banana to keep you company,” or words to those effect, while carrying out the previous charge.
It was also found that the nurse assaulted Resident A by grabbing her arm and/or shaking her.
Ms Bartolome was struck off for a period for five years with the report calling her actions degrading, demeaning and deplorable.
The NMC findings stated: “Causing bananas to be placed in Resident A’s bed with the associated sexual innuendo was a degrading, unpleasant and demeaning act.
“In addition the panel has found that Mrs Bartolome assaulted Resident A by grabbing and shaking her.
“The panel formed the view that this was serious misconduct which fellow practitioners would find deplorable.”
A spokesperson for Meallmore Ltd, who own Crimond House, said: “When this incident arose, the individual in question was suspended from their role with immediate effect.
“Following an internal investigation, she was dismissed from her role in September 2013 and hasn’t worked for the company since.
“We take matters like this seriously and the safety, security and comfort of the residents in all our homes across Scotland is always our top priority.”
Two other charges against Ms Bartolome were found not proven by the NMC including throwing sweets at Resident A.