"Bullying of staff nurse by another staff member"

About: South Tyneside District Hospital

I witnessed what can only be described as an awful person bullying a staff nurse today not sure what the bully does exactly. I guess they have a lot of pressure on their shoulders however there is absolutely no excuse to bully and make a staff nurse feel inferior I have witnessed this for about four hours now. The ward is very short staffed and this poor nurse has only been trained max 2 years, is looking after 14 patients with just them and one auxiliary it's dangerous and the nurse is doing a fantastic job. This bully got to them so much they came into my room and was doing my meds I could see they were upset I asked if they were ok and they just broke down in tears this was heartbreaking to me. Thes staff nurse is lovely. I will be putting a formal complaint in when I am healthier this was vile treatment of one of their own colleagues how could they be so cruel

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Response from South Tyneside District Hospital

Thank you posting you recent experience of our services on the NHS Choices website. I am saddened by your account of what you witnessed on one of our wards.

We do take bullying and harassment of staff very seriously in the organisation and have a zero tolerance.

I would be extremely grateful if you could write to me at South Tyneside District Hospital, Harton Lane, South Shields, NE34 0PL or email me at steve.williamson@stft.nhs.uk with more details, such as the ward you were on, the date of the incident, etc. and I will ensure there is a formal investigation undertaken.

In the interim period, I will ensure your comments are brought to the attention of the relevant manager in order that they can share them with staff.

Kind regards

Steve Williamson

Chief Executive

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