Doctor's sex with patient in hospital operating theatre

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A DOCTOR used hospital equipment during sex with a patient to spice up his love life, the General Medical Council (GMC) heard yesterday.

On one occasion, Euan Laird was alleged to have used an ultrasound scanning machine during sex with the woman - known as ‘Mrs N’ - for his own gratification.

The hearing in London was told the six-year relationship began after doctor delivered the woman’s second son by Caesarean in the early 1990s.

When they first met, Laird was employed as a senior house officer in obstetrics and gynaecology at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

Over the period of the alleged relationship, he performed smear tests and intimate examinations on the patient and "abused" his professional position, Jane Sullivan, representing the GMC told the professional conduct committee hearing.

It is alleged that the doctor’s actions amounted to serious professional misconduct. Ms Sullivan explained that the sexual relationship between Laird and the woman began in May 1991 when they had sex in the grounds of the hospital. Prior to this the doctor had flirted with the woman at a consultation meeting.

The relationship continued for a number of years and, at one period, the doctor used the ultrasound scanning machine at the Horton Hospital, Banbury, for his own "sexual gratification", the hearing was told.

On another later occasion he came to her home with a catheter and she allowed him to iuse the catheter to fill her with saline solution. Miss Sullivan said: "She began to find the nature of his desire invasive and for that and other reasons stopped seeing him in 1997."

The hearing was also told that the relations resumed for a short period in 1999 and the committee hearing were also read the contents of a suggestive joke card which, it is claimed, was sent to Mrs N by Laird.

Laird, who is believed to have retired and moved to New Zealand, was not present or represented at the hearing but the committee were told he was aware proceedings were beginning.

Miss Sullivan added: "Not only did he say he had had no dealings with her at the time, he denies, and continues to deny [an] emotional or sexual relationship with her, saying that their relationship was a strictly professional doctor-patient relationship."

Mrs N told the hearing that Laird had given

her his number and she later called him and arranged to meet him at the Churchill Hospital in Headington, Oxford, under the pretence of buying a birthday present for her husband.

She explained that when they met they talked for a period and then he later took her to a wooded spot in the grounds of the hospital and they had sex for the first time.

She added: "I thought, and for a long time I thought that a man who sees so many women, and has so much contact with women, and is not allowed to have an affair with them, must think I am absolutely wonderful if he is prepared to risk his career for me. He must think I’m quite special."

Mrs N said that Laird began working at a number of hospitals and she would visit him while he was on call and on some occasions they would have sex in hospital operating theatres.

She told the hearing that her marriage was non-existent when she started the affair with Laird, who later became a consultant, and soon after it began she separated from her husband.

Asked if she ever saw the ultrasound pictures while having sex with the gynaecologist she replied she saw: "Just lots of movement, it didn’t mean a lot to me, it was too blurred to make any sense. I didn’t think it was very interesting to be honest."

The affair eventually came to light when Mrs N told a therapist, who was treating her for personal problems and the information was then passed on to a supervisor. The hearing was adjourned until today.