Morrison Lodge dismisses two staff members after allegations of assault on resident

Morrison Lodge, Midland.
Morrison Lodge, Midland.

TWO staff members at a Midland nursing home have been dismissed for serious misconduct after allegations of assault on a 92-year-old resident of the home emerged this week.

A spokeswoman for Morrison Lodge said that family members of the female resident told the nursing home’s management, who immediately reported the incident to police and the Department of Health.

“Our highest priority is the safety and well-being of our residents,” the spokeswoman said.

“We moved quickly to ensure the staff members in question were removed from all duties pending an internal investigation.”

The spokeswoman said Morrison Lodge was working closely with the resident and her family.

“We are in the processes of reaching out to all our residents and their families to assure them that Morrison Lodge is a safe and nurturing home,” she said.

“We have worked closely with the Department of Health who have finalised their investigation and are satisfied that our facility meets their required standards.”

Police charged a 38-year-old Midland woman on Wednesday with five counts of aggravated common assault for alleged incidents that took place between 20 September and 3 October.

The woman is due to appear before the Midland Magistrates Court on 25 November 2016.

It is not known if the other staff member will be charged.