Privacy of the patient – UK medic warned over text to patient

A paramedic who used patient records to obtain a woman’s phone number has been cautioned by a fitness to practise panel

A Yorkshire Ambulance Service worker has been dismissed after a disciplinary hearing at the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).  The worker sent text messages to a woman he had taken to A&E to find out if her friend was single, the panel heard. The fired one – who was an ambulance worker for over 13 years – took the 20-year-old woman to hospital along with her friend. He then looked at the patient’s records to find her next-of-kin’s phone number and used it to send a text to her mother.

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