Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Nurse: I told colleagues about Raychel being ill

A nurse has said she did not report the repeated vomiting of a girl who died two days later to a doctor because she was working on another part of the ward.

Nurse Daphne Patterson was giving evidence at the inquiry into the death of schoolgirl Raychel Ferguson in June 2001.

Ms Patterson said she had noted that the young girl had vomited, in medical notes at her bedside. She reported the incident to nursing colleagues before returning to a separate part of the ward she had been assigned to that night.

She was asked by the inquiry's council whether she "should have been expressing detailed concerns to your colleagues".

Ms Patterson said: "I was not working on the main ward and it would not have been my responsibility to contact a doctor."

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