Police are investigating allegations that a nursing home worker repeatedly slapped an OAP patient with dementia.
The elderly woman is said to have been hit in the face up to three times by the employee.
Stunned colleagues are said to have witnessed Monday’s incident at the Woodlands Nursing Home in Livingston and informed supervisors, who called the police.
The pensioner is said to have been “emotionally burdened” before the alleged attacks.
A source said: “Two staff members helped the elderly lady with her personal hygiene in her room, but she ended up in great distress.
“But instead of helping her calm down, this worker escalated the situation.”
“Then she hit the woman.
“Her colleague was taken aback and told her to leave the room.
“But she didn’t – and ended up hitting her again.
“Supervisors were alerted and the police called. It was all a big shock. It’s terrible for the old lady and her family.”
The employee is believed to have been suspended during an investigation.
Last night, a Scottish Police spokesman said: “We have been made aware of an alleged assault.
“Officials were present and the investigation is ongoing.”
A spokesman for Peacock Medicare, which owns the home, said: “As this is an ongoing investigation we are unable to comment.
“We are cooperating fully with the Care Inspectorate and Police Scotland on this investigation.”
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